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When a domestic violence survivor is a man

Posted at 6:09 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 06:32:17-04

Fred Barkley said his abusive relationship lasted nearly three years.

“Angry, mean, aggressive and then violent,” said Barkley. "An extreme amount of accusation and jealousy. She was also a concealed carry owner. The first time, it hit me on my arm and it broke the skin, 'I was like damn, this is serious.'"

Barkley said his ex-girlfriend hit him with her gun. The abuse got even worse. Following eye surgery, he said an argument led to a punch to his eye.

"I didn't see the punch coming until it was too late,” said Barkley. "Blood and water began to pour out of my eye."

According to a government survey, one in seven men have been abused. Those are just the cases that have been reported. Men are less likely to report abuse and less likely to seek help.