Myths and facts on dating violence
MYTH #1: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION AND IS RARE.FACT: National studies estimate that 3 to 4 million women are beaten each year in our country.MYTH #7: WHEN THERE IS VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY, ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE DYNAMIC, AND THEREFORE, ALL MUST CHANGE FOR THE VIOLENCE TO STOP.
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.
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.
Even when children are not directly abused, they suffer as a result of witnessing one parent assault another.
Batterers often display an increased interest in their children at the time of separation, as a means of maintaining contact with, and thus control over, their partners.
MYTH #3: THE REAL PROBLEM IS COUPLES WHO ASSAULT EACH OTHER. However, the study also concluded that when the context and consequences of an assault are measured, the majority of victims are women. Stopping the abusers' drinking will not stop the violence.