especially by someone perceived as being “weaker” than they are. In the popular portrayal of the henpecked husband, the man is frequently shown as being a weakling who’s incapable of standing up to his wife and thus “earns” his abuse as punishment for being so weak and unmasculine.To be a “man” is to be strong; allowing a woman (or a “fag” – gay men, after all, are automatically seen as weak and “feminine” in traditional masculinity) to hurt you means that you clearly … All of this means that authorities are less likely to take reports of domestic violence with a male victim seriously.

But even these statistics are somewhat in question.

It’s incredibly difficult – even more so than with women – to get accurate statistics on how many men have been abused by their partners. It can be difficult for a man to find someone willing to believe that they’re a victim of abuse.

Sometimes it means teaching men how to help themselves… Which is why I want to talk about a subject we don’t hear much about: when find themselves trapped in abusive relationships.

In a lot of ways, men are frequently invisible victims of relationship abuse. The image of the angry housewife – usually fat and unattractive – waiting for at home for her milquetoast husband with curlers in her hair and a rolling pin, ready to dispense retributory violence for some slight, has been around for But despite the jokes and cartoons about “henpecked husbands”, more men than many would expect are trapped in abusive relationships.

They may believe that this is all they can get or that this is what relationships are of the circumstances.

Men in gay or bisexual relationships often have their orientation used against them.

well the authorities have frequently shown a lack of interest in getting involved at don’t.

To start with, it can be hard enough to admit you’re in an abusive relationship in the first place.

Many people stay in abusive relationships because they have no way of leaving without taking a beloved pet with them; the abusive partner may threaten them or take out their anger on the innocents they were forced to leave behind.

It gets even complicated if there are children involved.

Right off the bat: we’re going to be talking about abusive relationships.