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Consider these facts about victims of violence in the United States:
The statistics on violent deaths tell only part of the story, though. Many more men survive violence and are left with permanent physical and emotional scars. Violence can do terrible damage to a man’s work, his health, his family, and his whole community.
Violence against anyone, in any form, is a crime, no matter who committed the violent act. It is always wrong, whether the abuser is a family member, a current or past spouse, a friend, or a stranger.
Many people don't talk about the fact that men are sometimes victims of intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence). Men may feel uncomfortable reporting it. But if you have been attacked, remember that you are not at fault, and you do not deserve to be hurt.
If you have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, seek help. You could turn to family members, friends, or religious or community organizations. Talk with a doctor, especially if you have been physically hurt. Talk with a counselor to help deal with your emotional pain. And if you know someone who is being hurt, work to get that person help.
Maybe you abuse somebody you love. Perhaps you lash out physically at others when angry. If you want to stop the cycle of violence in your life, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find a mental health professional, who can help you deal with your problem. You also can find mental health services near you by using the Mental Health Services Locator.
Violence among men can start young. In 2009, for example, nearly 4 out of 10 high school boys had been in a fight during the past year — almost twice as many as girls. You can do your part to stop violence by being a good role model to the young men in your life. Many young men want advice on how to deal with conflict and behave in relationships, but may not know how to ask for your help. Whether you are a father, coach, teacher, uncle, older brother, or mentor, you can make a real difference in boys' lives. Teach them to reject violence and to choose respect. Share your own experiences and what you've learned.
Womenshealth.gov's section on violence against women will provide you with information on dating and sexual violence, stalking, and elder abuse, including specific resources on how to get help.
Content last updated: January 10, 2011.