Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Balkan men struggle to overcome social stigma of abuse

“My wife and her daughters [from another marriage] hit me with baseball bats,” he told AFP, thumbing through his thick legal file.

After the beatings, Stojkovic said, his wife accused him of battering her, saying she fought back in self-defense. He assumed this was his spouse’s way to get her hands on his assets: the house and his dog-breeding business.

The hardest part for Stojkovic was to convince people that, actually, he is the victim. He was jailed for two months following his wife’s accusations, and when he was released he was ordered to stay away from his own home.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::