More Women Being Charged With Domestic Assault 

The number of women being arrested for domestic assault is on the rise in Maine.The Department of Public Safety says more than 1,000 women were charged with assaulting men in 2008, a 38% increase from five years ago.Law enforcement officials say battered men were less willing to come forward a decade ago because of the stigma involved.Others say women are now more inclined to fight back against men.Public safety commissioner Ann Jordan said there’s also been an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol, driving up the number assaults.There were about 3,000 men charged with domestic assault in 2008, about three times the number of women charged.