Domestic Violence:
Myths vs. Facts

People who abuse their partners do so because they can’t control their anger.Abusers choose violence as a means of gaining control over their partners. Usually, an abuser does not display violent behaviors or tendencies outside of the relationship, proving that they are very much in control.
Substance abuse is one of the main causes of domestic violence.While there is a strong correlation between substance abuse and domestic violence, substance abuse is NOT a cause of domestic violence.
Alcohol and other substances can act as a disinhibitor, possibly resulting in a higher level of violence or an escalation from verbal to physical abuse. However, an abusive person is most likely to remain abusive, even when they are sober.
Domestic violence happens primarily in uneducated populations.Domestic violence does not discriminate. People from all backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, races, socio-economic status and education levels are impacted by domestic violence equally.
Women and girls are the only victims of teen dating violence.About 85% of victims of domestic violence are female, but that means that 15% are male. The number of male victims is probably higher, because they are less likely to come forward.
If a child who is exposed to domestic violence does not show disruptive behaviors, it can be assumed that s/he is not being impacted by the violence.Children might respond differently to witnessing or experiencing domestic violence. Some children may display regressive behaviors, while others become overachievers, but each person is impacted.
Victims of domestic violence are safer when they leave an abusive relationship than when they stay in it.The most dangerous time for victims of domestic violence is when they initiate separation.
It is critical that victims have a safety plan when leaving an abusive relationship. After separation, the abuser may use additional tactics to try to control their partner, for example stalking, non-compliance with court orders and failure to pay child support.