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Misconceptions surrounding victims of domestic violence

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WASHINGTON, N.C. - In 2013, 62 murders stemming from domestic violence were reported by the state. Although this number was down from previous years, domestic violence continues to be a problem.

For some, seeking help is very difficult, but necessary.

"I teach my children to stay away from men like that," said one victim. "And what kind of mother am I subjecting them to that kind of behavior."

This particular victim reached out to Ruth's House in Washington for help. The organization is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence. But they say that recently, they've seen an increase in the number of men seeking help.

That poses some problems.

"There are no real resources for male victims of domestic violence," said Derik Davis, a board member of Ruth's House.

Ruth's House provides a safe environment, court advocacy, and support to victims of domestic violence. But when there are male victims, they can't seek shelter within the actual house.

Lt. William Chrismon of the Washington Police department says there are misconceptions about who can be a victim of domestic violence.

"It affects everybody and every situation is taken very seriously," Lt. Chrismon said.

According to Washington Police, there were 11 males and 7 females arrested in 2012 for domestic violence. In 2013, there were 6 males arrested for domestic violence.

Davis said Ruth's House, and other domestic violence organizations, continue to seek more ways to help male victims.

For victims that made it out of abusive relationships safely, they hope others will seek help.

"Have the courage and have the strength to get out of it," one victim said. "You know you are better than that. Nobody ever deserves to be treated that way."

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to Ruth's House by visiting their website, or calling their hotline at 252-946-0709. You can also donate to the organization.
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