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5 Myths About Domestic Violence
Posted on October 17, 2017
Twenty people are victims of physical violence every minute in the United States according to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which averages to more than 10 million women and men each year. Domestic violence includes battery and physical and sexual assault, committed by one intimate partner against another. Other forms of abuse, such as psychological, economic, and stalking often co-exist with physical abuse.
Although there are various statistics involving domestic violence, experts believe the abuse is much more widespread than figures show. Shame and secrecy keep people from reporting crimes, as well as fear of retaliation, and not being believed about the mistreatment by their intimate partners. There are many myths regarding domestic violence. It’s important to be aware of these myths to help gain an understanding of the situation and how you can help identify domestic violence.
Myth 1: It Could Never Happen to Me
No one chooses to get involved with an abuser, but unfortunately, it happens to many different people in all parts of society. Often, abusers don't show their true colors until after it becomes harder to leave the relationship.
Myth 2: Victims are to Blame
Abusers are 100% responsible for their actions, and a victim should never feel at fault for crimes happening against them. Abusers use violence to maintain power and control in the relationship, blaming their victims to help justify and continue their abusive behavior.
Myth 3: It’s Easy to Leave
Many times, victims have barriers such as social, economical, financial, or religious that prevent them from leaving a dysfunctional home. A lot of women with children fear they will be homeless or have no safe place to relocate. Abusers never make it easy for a victim of domestic violence to leave when they want to. Many times they will make their partner dependent on them, so they feel like they have no way to escape the relationship.
Myth 4: My Partner Just Loses Control Sometimes
Abusers don’t become violent because of a momentary loss of temper, but instead are very calculated in when they choose to abuse in order to hide their behavior. The conscious decision of an abuser to become violent helps control their victim through the use of fear.
Myth 5: There Is No Way Out
Although difficult, there are resources out there to help victims of domestic violence. Organizations like YWCA and other nonprofits are dedicated to helping people leave abusive situations, allowing them to start on a path to healing their emotional scars. Another excellent source of help is the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which you can call 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 for advice from highly-trained advocates.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, know that it’s not your fault. It's okay not to understand why your partner may be treating you a certain way, but it's unhealthy to make excuses for an abuser’s actions. Wanting to leave a toxic relationship does not make you a bad person. You owe it to yourself and the people who love you to try and seek help.
Seeking Legal Help
One way to get help is to file a domestic violence injunction. You can do this by calling to speak with a domestic violence lawyer who has extensive experience on the steps you can take to help protect you and your family. If you are in need of a restraining order or any legal advice, contact The Roberts Family Law Firm today at 407-426-6999 or fill out the online form located in this page and one of our family law attorneys will contact you shortly.
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