Nowadays, it's fairly well-known that domestic violence is a serious crime both in New York and in the rest of the nation. Domestic violence may even be one of many divorce legal issues that a New York resident has to navigate during a difficult and emotional time. Like many legal issues related to divorce or separation, though, there are many misconceptions surrounding domestic violence. One of the strongest is that this crime affects only women.
In reality, domestic violence can harm any type of person in a relationship, whether male, female, gay or straight. According to the American Bar Association, approximately 835,000 men are victims of domestic violence each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one out of every seven males is on the receiving end of intimate partner violence every year. While women still make up the majority of victims of domestic violence - over one million are victims annually, notes the ABA - it is likely to surprise some that there are so many male victims as well.