Women’s Aid fully agrees that domestic violence is always unacceptable, no matter who it is happening to.
Everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, deserves dedicated specialist support if they are in an abusive relationship.
Besides jail time and a criminal record, a conviction can also affect your reputation with friends and colleagues, your job, your finances or housing, child custody, possibly your professional licensing, and your right to own a firearm.
The victim of the alleged violence does not have to formally press charges for you to be arrested and charged.
We know that it has been reported that men, up to one in six, experience some form of violence in the home in their lifetime.
Mankind's video ends by showing a statistic that 40 per cent of domestic violence is suffered by men.
There is not one domestic violence law in California.
In fact there are a number of laws each dealing with specific circumstances, like corporal injury to a spouse, child abuse, date violence and injury to a roommate.
It’s also really important to recognise that in the remaining 11 per cent, men are more at risk when they are in same sex relationships.
We have been told by local Women’s Aid federation organisations that they are funded locally on the basis they have to provide services to male victims, and they are rarely used despite putting time and money into promoting this.
This is happening at the same time that female victims and their children are being turned away because of a lack of space and funding.
You can face domestic battery charges in Orange County for a wide range of non-violent activities as well.
For example, a woman who pushes or shoves her boyfriend during an argument could face jail time.