Domestic abuse has many names and faces. This crime cuts across race, ethnicity, social status and age. Domestic violence involves battered wives, battered husbands, abused partners, homosexuals, and younger people affected by dating violence and acquaintance rape. Because domestic violence impacts so many people, it is a major social problem that cannot be ignored.
But we know that already.
“Men are domestically abused in roughly the same amount as women are abused by their male partners.” A reason why this face of violence has never been studied in detail is because many researchers in the field deny that such males exist, or that if they do exist, they believe that the extent to which men are victimized by women does not represent a significant social problem.
Men refuse to tell or seek help because they fear that they would be laughed at, humiliated, or reversely accused of being the abuser due to a belief that men are physically capable of fighting back when being challenged. As a result, the abused men are leading a boxed-up life.
I researched the services available for male victims of domestic violence and looked for service characteristics among male service users in this area. It appears that direct services exclusively designed for male victims of domestic abuse are rarely available.
Even though a few services are being delivered to male victims, information on sufficiency, helpfulness, and utilization of services as well as men’s perception on these existing services is still unreported.
After examining the constraints of male victims to identify factors that block them from seeking help and prevent them from breaking out of their boxed up lives—Project BlueBox was created. The main objective of the project is to protect and help male victims of severe domestic abuse from their partners, and revise the system currently in place, that is designed without the abused male’s experiences in mind. To achieve this, the plan for the project is broken into three parts.
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