Five Domestic Violence Myths Busted

15 03 2009

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about domestic violence, especially now; you’ve probably heard (or said), ‘she’s stupid, why doesn’t she leave him?’ or ‘That would never happen here/to me.’ Well, if you think that, you’re wrong. Here are five myths from domesticviolence.org.

1. Domestic violence only happens to women of color or poor women. Everyone has their preconceived notions about who gets abused, but truthfully, individuals of any race, class, gender, marital status or age can be victims or perpetrators of abuse.

2. Some people deserve to be hit. This is NEVER the case (except during self-defense, in my opinion). The only one responsible for the abuse is the abuser.

3. Alcohol, drug abuse, mental illness and stress cause domestic violence. While these things may go along with domestic violence, they are never the reason behind it. Usually domestic violence happens when someone has learned and decides to abuse.

4. Domestic violence is a personal problem between the parties involved. Not so. One in three U.S. women have been physically or sexually abused by a boyfriend or husband at some point in their lives. Additionally, 40-60 percent of men who abuse their significant others also abuse children.

5.If it were that bad, she would just leave (the myth I hate most). Reasons women may not leave include: lack of education, husband/significant other taking care of the household financially, the fear of having no where to go and the fear of starting over. And just because someone stays doesn’t mean the abuse is justifiable or that she accepts it. Also, and probably most importantly, leaving an abusive situation is the most dangerous time for a woman who is being abused.

For more info, go to www.domesticviolence.org.

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