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Male domestic violence victim speaks out

For better or for worse, when most people picture a domestic violence victim, they picture a woman-and the majority of domestic violence victims are, indeed, women. However, as any Texas domestic violence attorney knows, men can be subject to domestic violence as well.

In Dallas County last year, 28 men received protective orders from abuse by their partners. According to, male domestic violence victims have also included Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, though he did not press charges against his wife, who was wielding a knife, after calling the police. One of the common threads among the men is that they were embarrassed, and in some cases reluctant, to report the abuse. In one instance, a man even reported that several people tried to talk him out of pressing charges against his abusive wife.

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