Arkansas Non-Profit Opens Country’s First Ever Domestic Violence Shelter For Men
When most people hear the term “domestic violence,” their minds automatically turn to women or children in dangerous household situations. Men are often seen as the abusers in domestic-violence scenarios, but there are times when men are on the receiving end of abuse.
“Many people do not realize that domestic violence also affects men,” said Patty Duncan, executive director of Family Violence Prevention Inc. in Batesville. “It’s not just male/female relationships. Domestic violence includes intimate partners, family and household members.”
Family Violence Prevention has housed men in its private six-bedroom Safehaven Shelter in the past, but in October, the nonprofit opened The Taylor House Domestic Violence Shelter for Men. Duncan said that — as far as she can tell — it is the first registered shelter for males in the country.
“The past executive director of the Arkansas Coalition [Against Domestic Violence] went to a national conference and reported back that we are the first of its kind that is registered with a state coalition,” Duncan said. “We are very proud of that.”
Duncan said the shelter has housed five men since Oct. 1, and she expects more men to come forward as the word on the shelter gets out.
What do you make of this effort to protect men from becoming victims of domestic violence?
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