Female victims are often the focus of initiatives against domestic abuse. But according to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in four men in the U.S. experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and one in seven men experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner. Justin Nutt, founder of Acts of Random Kindness and survivor of domestic abuse, shared his story recently on HuffPost Live.
Nutt, who was was nearly a foot taller and 70 pounds heavier than his ex-wife, said he had a mentality of invincibility. "It was one of those things -- I was a man you know, I couldn't be abused," he explained to host Abby Huntsman.
"It escalated to a point where the police were called when she tried to stab me, after we had been out and she had done things in a bar with a guy, and [then said] that was my fault," Nutt said. "It took two years before I could really say it wasn't that I didn't love her well enough or I didn't try hard enough. It was a long time before I was able to say, 'yeah I was abused.'"
Part of the problem with admitting that he was abused, Nutt said, was that there is a stigma surrounding male domestic abuse victims.
"It's still one of those things where it's not the easiest thing to say, because you know I'm a guy, and I'm a redneck--I don't look like it in a suit but I am--and it's one of those things where, you know, guys are not abused. And that's a huge stereotype, I think, that needs to be broken down."
Watch the full conversation below: