What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse refers to the use of violence against a family member or assaultive behavior between two intimate partners.
There are four forms of domestic violence:
1. Physical(Personal): Hitting, kicking, pulling hair, strangulation, etc.
2. Physical(Property): Destruction of property, pets, and other items.
3. Psychological(Emotional): Threats of suicide, threats, insults and harassment, etc.
4. Sexual: Forcing sexual acts on a partner or family member against his or her will.
Myths and Facts About Battering
Victims of battering provoke violence by pushing the perpetrator beyond the breaking point.
Studies show that victims of battering do not provoke violence. Batterers lose self-control because of their own internal reason, not because of what their partner did or didn't do.
It is easy for battered women to leave their abuser.
Women who leave their batterers are at a 75% greater risk of being killed than those who stay.
Why Do Women Stay?
For people outside of the relationship it can be hard to understand why women "don't just leave" their abusive relationships. On average, an abused woman will leave their partner 6-8
Here are some of the reasons why they stay and/or come back:
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