Audrey Mabrey, a survivor of domestic violence, addressed a luncheon at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida. The organization, Faces of Domestic Violence, held the meeting Friday, October 14.
From the article:
But Mabrey, 28, told about 400 attendees at the Faces of Domestic Violence luncheon Thursday at Clearwater's Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church that she is determined to turn her ordeal into a positive situation and help others recognize the signs of abuse.
"It is oftentimes a silent issue, so it is important to encourage other women to not only get out of it but to advocate," Mabrey said.
And the men?
I was just talking to a friend of mine, whose ex-wife is so brazen as to admit to the psych evaluators that not only has he never hit her, but that she has hit him, given him black eyes, poured hot coffee onto his lap and scawled him, etc... and still he is fighting an uphill battle to just to see his daughters.
Not anecdotal evidence: once jurisdictions mandated that charges could not be dropped by victims, they started finding out how often a woman is on the giving side. In CA I remember a case where she poured nail polish remover on his....and set it on fire. The DA had to call him as a hostile witness, and reiterate that although the husband wanted to drop the case, the case was "The People vs. Mrs. X," not "X vs. X."