Yes, Men Can Be Impacted By Domestic Violence

Elwood Watson, Ph.D.
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs
4 min readJun 8, 2024

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Let’s be honest, when we think of domestic violence, the image that comes to mind is the scene of a woman being physically attacked by a man. That’s what the majority of us imagine.

While many people are inclined to believe that the majority of domestic violence is male on female (and according to almost all experts on the topic this is in fact the case), a number of men are also victims of such abuse.

In an article entitled The Difficulty of Recognizing Domestic Violence Against Men https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/invisible-bruises/202112/the-difficulty-recognizing-domestic-violence-against-men written by Kaytee Gillis, a psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, the author provides provocative and riveting information detailing the ways in which some men are victims of this troubling epidemic. In her article, Gillis states the following:

“In my experience working with survivors of domestic violence, I find that female abusers usually operate differently than males, partially due to their inability to overpower male partners, who tend to be more physically intimidating, and also due to how females are socialized in our society. Female abusers usually resort to non-physical forms of abuse on a psychological level, such as revenge-seeking behaviors (spreading rumors or revenge postings on social media)

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Elwood Watson, Ph.D.
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

Historian, Syndicated Columnist, Public Speaker, Social-Cultural Critic. Professor of Black Studies and Gender Studies, at East Tennessee State University.