Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County, WA is hosting a luncheon Friday, April 1. This luncheon will focus on male victims of domestic violence for the first time ever.

Whatcom County men get chance to talk about surviving, ending domestic violence

By Peter Jensen

3/25/11

[C]ommon misperceptions about men’s roles in understanding and ending domestic violence, led DVSAS to choose to focus on men for its annual Victory Over Violence luncheon, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave…

…[Jenn] Mason said men who are victims of domestic violence, both in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, often don’t realize they have access to the same resources at DVSAS that women do.

She said they have difficulty overcoming the stigmas and stereotypes that act as barriers to them receiving support and services to cope with the abuse they’ve experienced.

“There’s a unique stigma around men with domestic violence and sexual assault,” Mason said. “Our stereotype often is that they have to be strong and aren’t emotional. That’s a strong barrier for men.”…

…”Domestic violence and sexual assault can affect anybody, so we want to serve everybody,” Mason said.

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