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Men can be victims of domestic violence too

Many California residents may not be aware that when it comes to abusive situations, gender is not a factor in determining who is a victim. Domestic violence laws apply to both men and women equally, and it is a common misconception that in such cases, the victim is usually female. Men can just as easily find themselves at the mercy of an abuser. 

Recently, celebrity Heather Locklear was arrested for domestic violence. After reportedly receiving a call from Locklear's brother, police arrived at her residence. Upon entering, law enforcement found Locklear's boyfriend suffering from injuries that were described at "traumatic." When police determined that it was Locklear that had caused the injuries, the attempted to take her into custody, and she allegedly also kicked and shoved the officers. 

California domestic violence laws do not take gender into consideration. It is important to realize that all victims, whether they are male or female, deserve equal help and justice. Domestic violence can cause lasting physical and mental injuries, and may affect the rest of a victim's life. 

In cases where a person is on the receiving end of a violent partner's wrath, it is critical to seek immediate assistance. Male victims especially may worry that their claims will not be taken seriously. This is not the case, and there is help for any victim in need. Sometimes, victims of domestic violence may not know what to do after an abusive crime has occurred. At such times, and experienced attorney may be able to aid and direct victims in their quest for recovery and justice.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Heather Locklear out of rehab, back with boyfriend after arrest", Rachel Desantis, March 28, 2018

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