When a person hears that term "domestic violence," there is an almost automatic presumption that the alleged abuser in the story is male. This presumption may be based on a number of assumptions, but it is important for readers to remember that both men and women can be aggressors in domestic violence situations. It is also important that they remember that there are always two sides to every situation involving alleged domestic abuse.
Two former University of Tennessee athletes are now involved in a public dispute over allegations the male member of the former couple made against the female partner. Albert Haynesworth, a football player who made it to the National Football League, has claimed that his ex-girlfriend and former Lady Volunteers basketball player Brittany Jackson racially and physically abused him during their time together.
Haynesworth alleges that Jackson used racial slurs to address him and that on more than one occasion she resorted to physical violence and had to be restrained. He also notes that police had to be called to their home in order to address Jackson's allegedly violent behavior. Jackson has denied the claims made by her former partner and notes that she is the mother of one of Haynesworth's children.
Much of this story has played out through reports on social media and through traditional media channels. In the event that it moves to a court of law Jackson and Haynesworth will have to advocate for their positions. Haynesworth will carry the burden of proving his claims while Jackson will have to prepare herself with facts and defense to overcome the allegations Hayneworth has lodged against her.
Source: espn.com, "Former player Albert Haynesworth alleges former girlfriend, a former Lady Vols player, abused him," Sept. 21, 2017