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What are some myths regarding domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a very serious topic for people in Houston and across the nation. Accordingly, understanding the common misconceptions and myths surrounding the issue is of paramount importance. The scope of domestic violence can be far-reaching, and is not merely a matter of bodily harm.

According to PsychCentral.com, mistreatment within the confines of a relationship can take on numerous forms. For instance, not only women are victims of domestic violence. The impact of violence can take its toll on other members of the family, in particular male children who are witness to abuse. Some statistics even indicate that male children who are privy to domestic violence will be twice as likely to abuse their partners in later years.

Additionally, domestic violence doesn’t only entail physical abuse. Abuse can also be verbal, which is usually in the form of spoken threats or intimidation. Forcing another person to be financially dependent is also a form of abuse, as this person will have no recourse to leave an unhealthy relationship. Domestic violence can also be sexual in nature, which typically involves unwanted advances or coercion.

There are also quite a few myths surrounding abusers themselves. While it may be easy to simply write these people off as evil and without morals, in fact the truth is often far more complicated. Many abusers appear completely stable and even personable in other areas of their lives. While their actions must be addressed from a legal perspective, seeking the service of a licensed counselor or therapist is also highly recommended. In many situations there are underlying issues spurring the abusive tendencies, including past experiences with abuse.

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