Most victims of domestic violence are women but not only women. One in seven men have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the CDC. Now, more communities are opening shelters exclusively for battered men and their families. From Dallas, KERA’s Lauren Silverman spoke with one victim about the challenge of finding a safe place to stay. We’re calling him Jeff to protect his identity.
LAUREN SILVERMAN, BYLINE: After two decades of abuse, Jeff had no friends, wasn’t allowed to go to church or make decisions for himself.
JEFF: But you love this person. You’ve entered into a marriage covenant – sickness and health, better for worse. And you are going better or for worse, right? I know you said you didn’t mean to push into me or open that door in my face or our child’s face, but it’s for better or …