Domestic violence survivor opens up about his fears of asking for help, leaving abusive relationship

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Johnny Williams never thought trying to leave an abusive relationship would lead to more abuse that makes him. A victim, the kind of victim we rarely hear from. A man being abused by a woman.

"I was beat with sticks and a knife was pulled out on me i was threatened with a knife."

The last time Williams was attacked by his then-girlfriend and son's mother, he was taking a shower.

"So imagine I am naked trying to get to my clothes but all the while I am being beaten with sticks and other household items," said Williams.

Williams said he called police six times before they showed up and hour and a half later.

The women in William's case were arrested and he obtained restraining orders against both of them.

Williams says he will never forget the abuse or the way he was treated when we reached out for help.

"The police officers were looking like you called me for this," Williams said. "They laughed at me."

A part of the problem is that domestic violence happens in many relationships.

The numbers are alarming this year alone the city has seen more than 56,000 complaints of domestic violence.

The numbers reflect everyone regardless if it's a man abusing a woman or vice versa.

PIX11 has found that 40 percent of abuse with serious physical injuries are done to men.

The city has sent up several centers in all five boroughs to combat the problem, PIX11 toured the family justice center in the Bronx with the first lady Chirlane McCray.

The commissioner of the officer to combat domestic violence Rose Pierre-Louis said "we have resources for everyone and from the time you walk in our doors you know we are here to help."

If you are a victim of domestic violence you can call the new york city 24 hour hotline number at 800-621-HOPE (4673) or you can call 311.

You can also visit the city's domestic violence website.

There are family justice center's in all five boroughs.

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