As advocates continue to help the victims of domestic violence, a male teenager in Australia is spreading awareness about a form of abuse that is sometimes undisclosed.
In February, 18-year-old Dylan Salanitri claimed that his ex-girlfriend hit him in the face.
"She came up and yelled at me a little bit and clocked me twice before I really knew what happened. It was a good punch," Salanitri told Yahoo7 News.
Salanitri posted a photo of his injury to Facebook several months ago, but he didn't exactly get the type of response that he wanted.
"The first time I posted this many of my friends and people on Facebook found it humorous just like I did, but that is what's wrong with it all," he wrote on Facebook. "But because I am a male everyone seems to have found it funny and that simply is not right."
On September 27, Salanitri reposted his photo to Facebook — and this time, it went viral. As of Thursday, it was shared more than 10,000 times.
Make no mistake about it — the majority of domestic violence victims are women. In the U.S., 1 in 4 women has been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
While 1 in 7 men have been victimized by domestic violence, there is an immense stigma for men who fear that seeking help might make them appear weak. Hopefully, Salanitri's brave stand against domestic violence will inspire other victims to speak out.
For all victims of domestic violence, help is only one phone call away. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) for more information.