Myths and facts on dating violence
Thirty percent of female homicide victims are killed by partners or ex-partners and 1,500 women are murdered as a result of domestic violence each year in the United States.MYTH #2: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OCCURS ONLY IN POOR, UNEDUCATED AND MINORITY FAMILIES.Battering is a behavioral choice for which the batterer must be held accountable.Many battered women make numerous attempts to change their behavior in the hope that this will stop the abuse. Changes in family members' behavior will not cause the batterer to be non-violent.It doesn’t happen in my community, my neighborhood, my culture, my religion, or my congregation.FACT: Domestic violence happens to people of every educational and socioeconomic level.MYTH: It is easy for a victim to leave their abuser, so if he/she doesn’t leave, it means he/she likes the abuse or is exaggerating how bad it is.
Women and children are no longer considered the property of men, and domestic violence is a crime in every state In the country.MYTH #6: MEN WHO BATTER ARE OFTEN GOOD FATHERS AND SHOULD HAVE JOINT CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN IF THE COUPLE SEPARATES.Fact: Studies have found that men who batter their wives also abuse their children in 70% of cases.MYTH #8: BATTERED WOMEN ARE MASOCHISTIC AND PROVOKE THE ABUSE. FACT: Victim provocation is no more common in domestic violence than in any other crime.
Battered women often make repeated attempts to leave violent relationships, but are prevented from doing so by increased violence and control tactics on the part of the abuser.FACT: Abusers act deliberately and with forethought. For example, an abuser will selectively batter their partner but not their boss.