Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


Byline: Glenn Sacks LOCAL VIEW

WHEN Jack Barnes' wife attacked him by surprise and gouged deep, painful scratches into his eyes with her nails, he knew he needed to get out, and he knew he needed help.

But he found that little help was available.

Why? Because he's male.

``I got out of the hospital, and I had nowhere to go. I called the county domestic violence hotline, and they told me the only shelter that accepts abused men in all of Los Angeles County is in Lancaster. I work in downtown Los Angeles - 80 miles away. With rush-hour traffic, it would take me two or three hours each way to commute to work. And how would my kids stay in school?''

While Los Angeles County funds two dozen shelters for victims of domestic violence, the only shelter that accepts male victims is the Valley Oasis shelter in Lancaster. …

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