Myths and Facts of Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence a case study that must be curbed either from Men or women. Let’s check the myth and fact of Domestic Violence below.

Myth: Victims of violence in the home enjoy the abuse.

Fact: A variety of survival methods are undertaken by victims of domestic violence including reaching out to family and friends and informing the authorities. Sometimes taking the beating in place of children or even remaining silent are strategies that are enacted but this in no way means that the victim likes it.

Myth: Psychological disorders and low self-esteem lead victims to get involved in abusive

Fact: Studies of domestic violence victims demonstrate that those abused fail to share common
characteristics other than being female. This dispels a belief in our culture that an emotionally stable
person would not put themselves in a position of continued abuse. Of course people already inflicted
with low self-esteem or psychological illnesses are not immune to domestic violence and the violence itself can lead to these types of problems, but there is no proof of them being a causing factor.

Myth: Victims of domestic violence will always be in abusive relationships.

Fact: It may take some time to completely separate victims from abusers because of the control abusers gain over their partner. This control could be financial, physical, or expressed through threats to the children, but most victims do find a way to break these relationships. A strong support system from friends and family is a motivating factor to ending abusive relationships, as well as law enforcement, counselors, and legal support. Protection and financial security can be achieved through legal assistance and there is no evidence that victims tend to seek out other abusive relationships.

Myth: Domestic abusers hurt their partners because of alcohol and drugs.

Fact: Though alcohol and drugs may increase the frequency and severity of violence in the home,
domestic violence cannot be solved through substance abuse programs alone. Other programs such as batterer intervention may work in conjunction to get to the root of the problem.

Myth: Protective orders or arresting abusers are useless methods to ending domestic violence.

Fact: Though research on the efficacy of arrests and civil orders has produced conflicting results, most experts agree that their effectiveness is based on continued enforcement across the criminal justice and civil justice system. It is important for abusers to know that this will not be tolerated therefore officers must make arrests, prosecutors must prosecute, and courts must enforce orders or impose sanctions for any individual effort to work within the system.

Myth: When one parent abuses another, the children are not affected.

Fact: Children suffer behavioral, cognitive, emotional and developmental impairments when witnessing the abuse by one parent to another. Studies also show that between 50% and 75% of children are abused in conjunction with one of the parents. Children, especially boys, tend to reenact this violence on their own partners as adults.

Myth: Domestic violence has no effect on a parent’s ability to be a parent.

Fact: For many reasons, a parent’s ability to raise a child is hampered when that parent is abusive.
Children suffer emotional as well as the physical abuse listed above and abusers use the children for leverage against the other parent which results in the child not being the primary concern. In most states, courts now recognize that the perpetrator should not be given custody. Gone are the days when the emotional instability of the abused parent affected their ability to successfully gain custody.


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