This book is a first. There have been a number of published research articles regarding men who have been physically abused by their domestic partners and a few books with chapters on the subject, but no previous book has focused on this issue in a comprehensive way. Even those who do not have a personal interest in male spousal abuse probably know someone who does. Beyond the main issue, I have also examined official and media reaction and have viewed the tactics to silence academic inquiry as well as the social assumptions about the common behaviors of men and women. I have attempted to examine a wide range of public policy and to gather scattered research into one place. The cumulative results of this scientific study will likely astonish many readers. Social workers, attorneys, therapists, sociologists, criminologists, and other professionals are heard from in this book. It will provide assistance for helping professionals in their efforts to deal with a problem that must become more widely recognized.
It is important for the victims to know that they are not alone. I hope to help them by sharing the stories of real people from diverse sections of society. This book will probably generate controversy. My hope, however, is that it will contribute to a rational discussion of a generally ignored area of domestic violence. Simply put, domestic violence in any form, by either gender, is wrong. How victims, perpetrators, helping professionals, and society in general deal with any such violence is the real issue. If we ignore one kind of violence and implicitly maintain that it should be ignored, other kinds of violence become more acceptable.