Petition Closed
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 5 others
This petition will be delivered to:
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Georgia State House
Georgia State Senate
President of the United States
Georgia Governor

Expose the Hidden World of Male Victims of Domestic Violence

 

* In America, a woman is abused by her male partner EVERY 15 SECONDS.

* In America, a man is abused by his female partner EVERY 15 SECONDS.

 

* 75% of victims killed by their partners are women...24% are men

 

* There are hundreds of battered women's shelters in the U.S. 

* There are ZERO shelters for abused men. Male victims are redirected to homeless shelters.

 

* VAWA, the (Violence Against Women Act) EXCLUSIVELY refers to the ABUSER as male and the VICTIM as female. They are aware of this disparity and see no problem with the language

* VAWA is in part funded by the government. There is no such funding for male victims

 

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TODAY WE CAN BALANCE THE SCALES. SIGN THIS PETITION TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE MEN WHO HAVE BEEN SILENCED BY BEING IGNORED. WE HAVE LOBBYISTS WHO ARE RIGHT NOW STORMING THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL TO GET LEGISLATION CHANGED AND TO GET FUNDING FOR THESE VICTIMS. THIS COULD BE YOUR FATHER OR BROTHER OR SON. SAVE A LIFE.

 

Thank you

The Charge, Inc

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Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Georgia State House
and 3 others
Georgia State Senate
President of the United States
Georgia Governor
I am writing to you today to stand in the gap and make a plea for male victims of domestic violence. There has been legislation in place for many years to protect and help female victims of domestic violence, but there are no true resources for male victims.

Statistics:
- A man is abused every 15 seconds by his female partner
- 24% of male victims are killed every year by their female abusers
- Most female abusers say their main reason for the abuse is the fact that they know he won't hit back
- Most men say they were raised not to hit a woman - which is good advice - but leaves him helpless
- The justice system tends to arrest first and ask questions later. These victims are often "blown off"

I would also like to add that most likely these statistics are grossly underestimated because of under-reporting due to societal stigma, lack of support in the criminal justice system, lack of resources (shelter, legal advocacy, custody advice, etc)

There is a horrible belief in our society that these men are just too weak to fight back, but it is quite the contrary. They show amazing restraint and resolve to NOT exert physical force. We must help them. We must save them..and their children.

We ask that you:

Give the grassroots organization: "The Charge" - a branch of the organization "Led To Serve, Inc.", a voice in the capitol to petition our legal/justice system for funds and other means to provide shelter, legal advocacy, child advocacy and counseling for these victims. These fund would also help us to promote awareness in the community.

Thank you for your consideration,

Charlene L. Stephens
Founder
The Charge - Partnering with Male Victims of Domestic Violence