Today, there are many laws that protect victims of domestic violence.... as long as they are female. The current emphasis on rights of women and children, from the international level on down, has the effect of leaving abused males out in the cold. Earlier this month, a tiny Texas news anchor -- described as "gorgeous", "diminutive", "feisty", and "stunning" by various sources was arrested for allegedly attacking her spouse.
One of the more interesting stories about this case came out of the prime competitor of the news station the reporter worked for. When a camera man and reporter for the rival station went to her home to ask for an interview, the outrage was palpable. The competitor's manager ended up by apologizing for their poor choice of news, and stating that they wouldn't allow something like this to happen again.
Why are we shocked that a small woman would [allegedly] assault her spouse? The media reports on men who are arrested for beating their wives, for stepping out on their wives, for getting DWIs, and for all manner of other misdeeds. It is discrimination of the worst kind to pretend that we should not be revealing the same misdeeds by women.
To fail to report misdeeds by women is to perpetuate the myth that women need to be protected, as if we as a gender are somehow more fragile by virtue of a second x chromosome. It is one thing to be treated with respect; it is another to be treated with condescension. Failing to report or reveal occasions when women assault their spouses is the worst type of condescension, both of the woman and of the man she assaults.
Big business, small business....domestic violence is everyone's business. Don't tolerate it in your life or in your business, and don't be pressured into pretending that women are always victims.