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Published:June 2, 2022

"My wife or girlfriend hit me"

I've been paying close attention to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard legal proceedings. I've read the posts, memes, Gifs, news reports, and articles alike. Johnny has a lawsuit against Amber for $50,000,000.00 and Amber is counterclaiming for $100,000,000.00. The statistics are; 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of domestic violence. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner according to the National Center of Advocates for Domestic Violence. Although there is an outpouring of support for Johnny I have also seen the trends that make light of Johhny's experience and perpetuate violence to manage violence. I want to be clear about something. Violence, in any manner, regardless of sex, is not okay. Physical size, socioeconomic status, religion, culture, race, sexual orientation, or prior abuse does not miraculously appropriate abuse. Our culture is conditioned or groomed to cater to women and believes that men are not just as easily controlled, manipulated, gaslighted, abused, degraded, or violated. I think I can speak for most of my colleagues in communicating that most male clients are less likely to communicate abuse because of the stigma. I want to tell you that if you are a man who has experienced domestic violence, what happened was wrong when time began and it is wrong today. I hope that you gain strength in knowing that you are not alone, this was never and could never be your fault. Reach out! We are here to validate, support, encourage, and walk with you through your healing journey. For those of you who know someone you love and care about is experiencing domestic violence, don't judge, support and uplift. Your loved one is already battling enough. I know they'll appreciate not having to battle you as well.

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