12 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 249 (2002-2003)
Recognizing Domestic Violence Directed Towards Men: Overcoming Societal Perceptions, Conducting Accurate Studies, and Enacting Responsible Legislation

handle is hein.journals/kjpp12 and id is 259 raw text is: Recognizing Domestic Violence Directed Towards Men:
Overcoming Societal Perceptions, Conducting Accurate
Studies, and Enacting Responsible Legislation
Alexander Detschelt
I.    INTRODUCTION
I was hit in the head with a beer mug... requiring stitches.
.. . would throw hot scalding coffee in myface.
I was slapped, punched, poked and kicked repeatedly.
I suffered a broken leg, a broken ankle, and [a] broken wrist.
I have been chased with a car and attacked with a chainsaw.
... sitting on my chest with a butcher knife in hand and the blade at
my throat.
... attempted to smother [me] with a pillow while I slept.'
In the public's mind, these true recollections of violence evoke the image of an
abusive husband or boyfriend. In reality they were all perpetrated by a wife or
girlfriend. The traditional societal view of domestic violence, as evidenced by legal,
medical, and statistical data, involves the notion of men engaging in the domestic
abuse of their female partner or spouse, hence making it very difficult to accept that
male spousal abuse is a serious problem.2
This note takes the position that domestic violence against men is in fact a
serious social issue that must be fully
addressed   by    overcoming    societal  Alexander Detschelt is a patent
perceptions, conducting accurate studies, and  attorney  with  the  intellectual
enacting responsible legislation.        property law  firm   of Webb,
Societal trends indicate that we are  Ziesenheim, Logsdon, Orkin, and
becoming more and more concerned with     Hanson, P.C. in Pittsburgh. He is a
reducing all forms of abuse and violence that  2002 graduate of the University of
manifest themselves in domestic relations.  Akron School of Law and holds a
Therefore, the next appropriate action would  B.S. in Computer Science from the
be to discard the long-held and stereotypical  University of Pittsburgh. He may
view  that violence is considered  the   be reached at alex@detschelt.com.
province of the male, and accept the reality
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