Often people don’t understand that they are facing domestic violence at home as domestic violence is not only limited to physical assault and can include verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse. Here is a list of some of the misconceptions associated with domestic violence.
Domestic violence is always physical – Domestic violence can be emotional, psychological, verbal, and sexual. Often the abuse starts off as subtle and then escalates in severity.
Drugs and alcohol cause domestic violence – Drugs and alcohol can worsen the violent behavior as they lower inhibitions since many people consume these substances, and are not violent. Therefore, these substances are not the cause of the problem.
Domestic violence is uncommon – According to statistics one in every four women and one in every seven men are victims of domestic violence. As women have become more financially independent and know their rights, the cases of domestic violence have
Both parties share responsibilities in domestic violence situations – In many cases both parties are involved in the physical fight.
No one can stop domestic violence – People believe that the violence against women comes naturally to a man because they are more aggressive than their female counterparts. However, research indicates that men who are violent against women are men who have witnessed such situations in their families.
Domestic violence is a private matter – Domestic violence is not only a matter for the couple to solve. It is one that family and friends should show their support, by helping both parties mend their ways or help with professional assistance.