Fact: Studies estimate that one in three teens are in an abusive relationship.
Myth: Battering is only a momentary loss of temper. One incident doesn't constitute abuse.
Fact: Battering involves the establishment of fear and control in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse used to manipulate one’s partner. Its manifestation through violence is a physical example of abuse that has already been occurring.
Myth: Domestic violence only occurs in poor, urban areas.
Fact: Women of all cultures, races, income, levels, and ages are abused by husbands, boyfriends, lovers and partners.
Myth: Men can’t be victims of violence in relationships.
Fact: Men can be abused by their girlfriends and partners, but are often unwilling to seek help because admitting abuse runs contrary to the “macho” image men are encouraged to maintain.
Myth: I'm very strong, independent and intelligent and so would never fall victim to an abusive relationship.
Fact: Anyone can find themselves in an abusive and controlling relationship, no matter if you are male or female, intelligent or worldly, or strong and independent.
reposted: 2006 Stanford University.
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