Although men avoid talking about it because of embarrassment, they too are victims of domestic violence more frequently than most people realize. Some wives are physically abusive, and will kick, punch, or strike a husband with a weapon when tempers flare. This occurs more often when a woman has a substance abuse problem or is mentally ill. If you are a male and have been victimized in this way, don't let shame stop you from pursuing your legal rights to protections under the law. If you have children, allowing the abuse to continue without addressing it damages them, not only from the dangerous environment, but also by setting an example which can have a lifetime's destructive impact. Seek help. Call a matrimonial lawyer, and tell your story. An attorney can document the effects and help bring the trauma to a halt.