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Domestic Violence Awareness Flyers
Domestic Violence Awareness Flyers
One of the most disturbing forms of discrimination against men is the lack of awareness about and services for abused men. Every day, thousands of men are abused by their girlfriends or wives, and have nowhere at all to turn to. Worst of all, if they speak out they are more likely to be laughed at than listened to. We need to change this situation, and we need to change it now.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S, and below are some flyers that were created by Mensactivism.org to help raise awareness about the hidden side of domestic violence: battered men. We hope you'll download these documents and print them out for distribution during October, and any other time of the year you feel it is appropriate.
You can download each document in two forms: Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF. The PDF files are guaranteed to print out looking the way they were intended to, but the MS Word files are also available if you'd like to modify them for your own region or specific application. PDF files can be read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. Click the links below to download the documents.
Common Questions About Domestic Abuse Against Men
This flyer serves as a "Q & A" style informational sheet which addresses the need for awareness and services for battered men. It specifically does not focus on promoting the fact that men and women are abused at about the same rate, though it does mention this toward the end of the flyer. The intent is to highlight the lack of resources for abused men which are needed regardless of the prevalence of violence toward them.
Getting the Facts: Research About Domestic Violence Against Men
This flyer summarizes some of the research about domestic abuse against men, and focuses on the fact that the ratio of male and female batterers is close to 50/50 - and that women are as likely to instigate violence as men. This is sure to be the more controversial flyer, but the facts will withstand scrutiny.
The Fiebert Bibliography
This document is meant to be a companion to the Research flyer above. If anyone tries to discount the research that shows women abuse men, offer them this - the bibliography cites over a hundred research studies which show women are as abusive or more abusive than men in relationships. This 20-page document is a sure way to combat skepticism of the facts about domestic violence.
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