Howard Kyles, 29, died early Saturday morning of a stabbing. Allegedly he was stabbed by his girlfriend Dianne Wright.
Reportedly there is a history of domestic abuse between the couple. And Dianne Wright had a protection order on Howard Kyles. But Kyles family says he is the one who was abused. His sister has said “It’s really time for us to wake up and open our eyes and not to be so one sided that men too can be abused.” Also according to his sister, after allegedly stabbing her brother multiple times, Wright hit him with a ‘pole’ as he was trying to get away from her.
Police say they were dispatched to the scene on the report of a man down about 1 am Saturday morning. Reportedly after stabbing Howard, Wright fled the scene and was later taken into custody.
Domestic cases are ‘messy’. Often there are no witnesses other than the participants. And usually both participants are going to be angry, and are going to have statements that vary somewhat on the details.
Who was the aggressor, who escalated the argument by using physical force and who has physical injuries are going to be looked at. Other factors that might be looked at are whose home is it (single or joint) and who has the restraining order. The question of who was the abuser and who was the abused is often a point of dispute.
In some areas, if both have injuries, both are charged. That way the question of who was abusing and who was defending themselves can be a matter that is settled in court.
Can men be abused? Theorically I believe it is possible. Others disagree.
Who was abused in this case? Most likely that is going to be one of the issues looked at by the court.