What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.
“In spring of 1998, I had finally come to recognize (with the help of several friends, all of whom told me that if I had treated her the way she treated me, I would be in jail) that my wife's treatment of me was abusive, and fled over 2,000 miles to get away from her. Once I had managed to get away from her, and was helped by a friend into getting a room where I could stay because there were (and still are) no shelters available for battered men in the city I fled to, I sought help from the local domestic violence agencies, only to be repeatedly steered toward programs for abusers, because they not only had no programs for abused men, but directly told me that there was no such thing as an abused man - only abusers trying to conceal their guilt. I realized then that I couldn't be the only man in my position, and so created Battered Husbands Support.”
- William Hartwell; Founder of Battered Husbands Support
Please provide a personal bio. Note this may be used in Changemakers marketing material.
Note: All responses in this entry form were originally compiled by William Hartwell; however Gordon Finley can be contacted regarding this initiative.