Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Plea from an abused husband

I take exception to Julie Burchill's dismissive attitude towards the plight of abused husbands (Comment, September 9).

In the 1950s, I suffered abuse as a child because society did not accept that it happened.

In the first decade of this century, I suffered abuse from a partner because - again, nobody accepted it happened.

Had a refuge been available, I would have been first in the queue. I suspect it would have soon been bursting at the seams.

Only after I had eventually left, in the autumn of my life, with nothing but a mattress and a sleeping-bag, did my partner take her anger out on other family members.

Had this not happened nobody would have suspected anything untoward was occurring.

Ms Burchill's words only make others in my former situation find recognition of their plight even harder to achieve.

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