More often than not, custody battles can be messy for parents and children alike. In order to find a more peaceful means of deliberation, 11% of custody cases are decided during mediation. But for one ongoing divorce case in Dunedin, FL, a Go-Pro camera has determined the fate of one couple’s custody rights.
According to WTSP 10 News in Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Michael (last name omitted to protect his identity) captured Corrine Novack, his estranged wife, amidst an act of domestic violence, which ultimately landed her in jail.
“This is just one of many instances where I’ve had to use the camera to either prove her guilt or prove my innocence and that’s the only reason I am carrying it,” Michael told 10 News.
Since the long and turbulent divorce process began, Novack has been abusive, committing acts of domestic violence in frustration and anger. Towards the middle of the process, Michael began documenting it, making sure each exchange was recorded.
“A GoPro has such a wide angle scope on it,” Michael said, explaining his choice of camera.
Although extremely brief, the video captures Michael’s estranged wife punching him in the genitals during a custody exchange. As Michael goes to unbuckle his son’s seat belt, a flash Novack’s hand appears in the right-hand corner, reaching for his crotch.
Michael hopes that the video will help the court see the truth in his struggles as a male victim of spousal abuse.
He told 10 News, “It seems to be overlooked when the man is a victim of domestic violence”.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in seven adult males have been the victim of physical violence by their partner or spouse. Due to misconceptions of masculinity, these cases are often overlooked.
While Michael’s proof is hardly necessary, perhaps the video will help to spread a broader awareness about domestic violence against men.