Domestic Violence -- Men Can Be Victims, Too

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Over 800,000 men in America are victims of domestic abuse annually. One case is detailed in the new novel “inTWINition of murder” by author Michael Houbrick, as he raises awareness about a man who fell victim to this mostly unreported crime.

"Bruised bodies are one thing -- unacceptable. But by raising awareness, the novel screams loudly that bruised egos be damned..."

The face of domestic violence is usually that of a battered woman or a small child. "There's another face which needs to be added to this horrific crime," Michael Houbrick, author of the newly released novel "inTWINition of murder" states. "Men are likewise victimized by their significant others -- female or male."

The murder / mystery novel chronicles this hidden secret of domestic violence. The plot revolves around twins who remained inseparable in life … and death.

This gripping story even involves an on-the-stand witness account, which was deemed admissible in a court of law. Related to the central character, the brother -- beyond-the-grave -- reveals critical clues of his murder to his living sibling.

While "inTWINition of murder" is a fictional tale, a similar case -- an "other-worldly" recount of the crime, in the late 2000's about an abused companion -- was the basis of the storyline.

"This problem goes mostly unreported," Houbrick states. "Usually because men and boys are less likely to enlist the help of law enforcement. The self-perceived stigma of being labeled 'a male victim' is at the top of the list. In the novel, "inTWINition of murder," the 'dirty little secret' is exposed."

The central character, in the piece of fiction, likewise feels the pattern of abuse will "get better."

Houbrick explains, "In the novel, that never happens. The denial of the character's victim status spirals out-of-control. Women and children who have been hurt -- sometimes murdered by the hands of companions -- know this feeling all-too-well."

Houbrick points to a study from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In it, the organization states, "It is estimated that 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually."

"But men may feel society will criticize the male victim because of a perceived failure that the sufferer is not conforming to a common 'macho stereotype'," according to Houbrick. Authorities on the subject of female-perpetrator / male-victim domestic violence agree.

In a report (Male Victims of Violence), issued by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "16% of adult men who reported being raped and / or physically assaulted were assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner, boyfriend / girlfriend or date."

"Both heterosexual and gay men need to emerge from this new closet of horror. Having both women and male friends, who have endured abusive relationships, has revealed a unique perspective on this troubling matter. It's often swept under-the-rug," the author of "inTWINition of murder" relates.

"Bruised bodies are one thing -- unacceptable. But by raising awareness, the novel screams loudly that bruised egos be damned. Sometimes the terrorists, feared from afar, are living right under the same roof. The time has come for men to raise loud voices, and bring individuals who reign terror on 'loving' partners to justice. Report this crime to law enforcement. Run, don't walk, for help. It could be a matter of life-or-death to men, as well as women and children," Houbrick concludes.

About Michael Houbrick
Michael was a former talent agent to many Hollywood celebrities. Before that, as a young man, Houbrick and his twin brother were critically acclaimed clowns with The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Because of life-long experiences, Houbrick is an authority on the psychology of a public performer. As an identical twin, Michael uses personal experience to expose the issue of domestic violence from a woman-perpetrator / man-as-a-victim perspective and the intricacies involved with relationship codependency. The crime novel, about twins who have lost their identical siblings (called twin-less twins), is entitled “inTWINition of murder.” Additionally, Houbrick has used personal backstage insight of the entertainment industry to create a children’s entertainment brand and book series, “The Rat Pack of Hollywood.” Houbrick is single and loves to travel. The author divides time between Spokane, Washington and Hollywood, California.

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