Why Victims Stay

Many people often have difficulty understanding why victims of relational violence do not leave abusive relationships at the first sign of trouble, or return to an abusive partner after having left. We are often quick to think that, if we were in the same situation, we would simply leave – never to return. From our perspective, it seems simple:Continue reading “Why Victims Stay”

How Big is the Problem

Relational violence is cyclical in nature, tending to follow a consistent pattern which results in repeated incidences of abuse. In this lesson, we will learn about the cycle of abuse and how it contributes to the prevalence of domestic violence. We will also discuss discrepancies between prevalence and reporting, arrests, and eventual prosecution, and the legalContinue reading “How Big is the Problem”

The Impacts of Domestic Violence

The impacts and consequences of domestic violence are far reaching, both for victims and perpetrators. For the victim, in particular, domestic violence can create a variety of both physical and mental health issues. It can also interfere with their careers by decreasing their ability to concentrate and/or perform essential job functions, as well as causeContinue reading “The Impacts of Domestic Violence”

Why Does it Happen

Domestic violence is a serious social problem in both the United States and around the world, and, as such, is a global health concern with grave impacts on individuals and communities. While the abuser is solely at fault, his or her behavior is fueled by a combination of several different influences including peers, cultural attitudes,Continue reading “Why Does it Happen”

Why People Batter

Throughout these blogs, the question on your mind may have been, “what drives an individual to batter or abuse his or her partner?” There are certainly many people who  would like a definitive answer to this question. Some are inclined to assume that abusers are mentally ill, or have something innately “wrong” with them. However,Continue reading “Why People Batter”