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DOMESTIC ABUSE: Men are being helped, too

Letter by Susan Adams, Tacoma on July 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm | 9 Comments »
July 19, 2010 9:11 am

Re: “No advocates for men” (letter, 7-16).

Domestic abuse is real. It happens every day, here in our community and around the world. The majority of victims are female, but there is no question that some victims are male.

Domestic abuse happens in heterosexual relationships and in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships. It happens to the wealthy, middle class and poor, educated and uneducated alike. It tears at the fabric of our society.

It is not a family problem. It is a community problem. Agencies like the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center have been created to help those who are being abused. The center serves both female and male victims. In fact, about 10 percent of the clients receiving services at the Justice Center are male.

Professional, well-trained advocates working at the center and other agencies throughout this community help thousands of victims every year and will continue to do so until domestic abuse is no longer an issue in our society.

(Adams is director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center.)

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