• jruwaldt

    FYI, Amanda, the word “fiat” is pronounced FY-at. The FEE-ot pronunciation applies to an Italian car manufacturer.

  • elka

    According to a federal study, 835,000 men are physically attacked by their significant other every year (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000).  This is almost 40% of all victims of domestic violence.  Furthermore, of the 2,000 domestic violence shelters in the United States, very few of them offer comparable services to battered men, which they gladly provide to battered women.  There is only one in the nation, which I know of, that will take them into their shelter when their lives are in imminent danger.  For those of you who are incensed that this bill wasn’t passed, you should be thinking about the men in your lives about whom you care.  Chances are that they’d be up a creek in such a situation.  Maybe the comic actor, Phil Hartman, would be alive, if V.A.W.A. cared about battered men, too.  Unfortunately, organizations aren’t mandated to provide equal services.  Sometimes, we have to direct victims to the only shelter which we are positive will accept our callers.  These people pay the same taxes as everyone else.  Why are they being denied comparable services? 

        I’ve volunteered on a national helpline, which focuses on under-served victims of domestic abuse, although it specializes in battered MEN, for eight years.  The fact is that many victims go without help, and no one cares.  Many organizations in the field of domestic violence would rather ‘pass the buck,’ and expect that someone else will tackle the problem.  Excuses, excuses.  This is a field that makes a lot of assumptions, and when I try to correct them, I am sometimes met with disbelief, even though I have a lot of experience with what I talk about. 

     

    Our helpline sometimes gets calls from as far away as Australia, because it seems that there isn’t another organization, which is dedicated to helping battered men, on the planet.  Our helpline has never received a dime from the government, namely V.A.W.A., in the twelve years of its existence.  We depend solely upon private donations of small amounts of money.  I learned that we have a few months until we must shut down.  Our tiny organization is entirely comprised of volunteers, and this includes the executive director.  We want to expand our services.  However, funding is holding us back.  Please call your senator to include battered men in this bill. 

    Tjaden, P. & Thoennes. N. (2000). Full report of the prevalence, incidence, and consequences of violence against women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.

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