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Domestic Violence - Facts and Fiction

Domestic Violence - Facts and Fiction - letting go of the myths.
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Michelle Jewett

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of Domestic Violence - Facts and Fiction

Separating the Facts from Fiction
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence
is Rare
Domestic Violence Occurs Only in Poor, Uneducated and
Minority Families
Domestic Violence occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level or race.
However, the fact that lower income victims and abusers are over-represented in calls to police, women's shelters and social services may be due to a lack of other resources.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Cause Domestic Violence
If the They Didn't Like it,
They Would Leave -
It is Their Fault.
No one deserves to be abused. Victims are NOT the cause.
Women often make repeated attempts to leave violent relationships, but are prevented from doing so by increased violence and control tactics on the part of the abuser.
Other factors which inhibit a victim's ability to leave include economic dependence, few viable options for housing and support, unhelpful responses from the criminal justice system or other agencies, social isolation, cultural or religious constraints, a commitment to the abuser and the relationship and fear of further violence.
It has been estimated that the danger to a victim increases by 70% when she attempts to leave, as the abuser escalates his use of violence when he begins to lose his control over the partner.
Abusers Just Lose Control.
They Need Help with Anger Management
Stress Causes Abuse
It is Only Physical
Men Are Not Victims
Domestic Violence is
a Private Matter
Domestic violence affects everyone. With One in Four women at risk of abuse, chances are you know someone who is suffering.
The impact of domestic violence on children increases juvenile crime, gang violence, teen pregnancy and substance abuse.
The cost to business is estimated at $5 billion annually in absenteeism, medical expenses and lost productivity.
Abusers are Monsters
I Would Know
if I Saw One
Males are victims of domestic violence.
Male victims are not rare, nor are they more “effeminate” than average.
Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
Violent behavior is a choice. Perpetrators use it to control their victims.
Domestic violence is about batterers using their control, not losing their control. Their actions are very deliberate.
Abusers are often charming, loving individuals.
They do not always hurt; many have periods when they can be very generous with their affection.

To the outside world, many abusers are upstanding citizens that no one would ever suspect.
1 in 4 women will experience Domestic Violence in her lifetime.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in our country.

A woman is beaten every 9 seconds.

3 women are murdered each day in the United States as a result of domestic violence .
Stress or unemployment does not cause abuse. Since domestic violence exist at all socioeconomic levels, domestic abuse cannot be attributed to unemployment or poverty.


In addition, if stress were the causal factor more women would be perpetrators of abuse, since women experience stress no less than men.

Domestic violence flourishes because society condones spouse or partner abuse, and because perpetrators learn that they can achieve what they want through the use of force, without facing serious consequences.
Batterers use drinking as one of many excuses for their violence and as a way to place the responsibility for their violence elsewhere. Stopping the abusers' drinking will not stop the violence. Both battering and substance abuse need to be addressed separately, as overlapping yet independent problems.
Abuse can come in many forms, such as sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional. When a person in a relationship repeatedly scares, hurts, or puts down the other person, it is abuse. Harassment, intimidation, forced or coerced isolation from friends and family and having an independent social life, humiliation, threats of harm to you or your family or pets, threats of suicide if you leave, violating your privacy, limiting your independence and personal choices are all examples of abuse.
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