There are so many myths surrounding domestic violence (DV). In this post and my next post I will be sharing six of these myths
Myth 1 ~ Domestic Violence is not common
- DV facts show that it is very common. In the US a woman is beaten every 9 seconds by a man.
- DV is the leading cause of injury to women.
- 5.3 million women will be abused this year in the USA. Of these women 3 to 4 are killed each day by partners or former partners.
- An estimated 1.4 million women and 700,000 men in the UK have suffered domestic abuse in 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
- According to the ONS, 4.9 million women, or 28%, and 2.4 million men, or nearly 15%, have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16.
Myth 2 ~ Domestic Violence is an anger control issue
DV has nothing to do with anger. Anger is a tool used by abusers to get what they want and it is more to do with domination and control.
Myth 3 ~ DV happens only once or twice in a relationship.
Abusers usually escalate violent behaviours in frequency and intensity over time.
For further information please visit www.womensaid.org.uk. Please also take a moment to watch the video below.
References www.agape-aid.org and www.usatoday.com(accessed 25.08.2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/12/14-million-women-suffered-domestic-abuse-last-year-ons-figures-show. (Accessed 02.10.15)