Over on the Calvary Comments blog they have posted 4 myths about Domestic Abuse.
1. Domestic violence doesn’t happen in my community.
2. Only men can be abusers
3. It’s obvious when someone is the victim of abuse
4. It should be easy to leave an abusive partner.
It’s good to see this points being emphasised; though there are some serious statistical numbers being presented that are clearly wrong…such as 25 % of women will suffer DV, and 85 % DV victims are women. All together though there are some worthwhile points that have been made.
I made this comment; which awaits moderation and frankly I will be surprised if it is allowed to be posted.
Your statistic about 85% of dv abuse victims being women is wrong and a little miss-leading as DV is not considered to be just battering…but includes emotional, sexual, physical, mental, verbal and spiritual abuse. In the west; current research over the last 10 years has shown that within heterosexual relationships 8% of those relationships will be women who face abuse and 7% will be men who suffer abuse from the hands of their partners. This equates to a minimum of 40% of males being victims of intimate partner abuse.
Then the figures raise significantly higher within same sex relationships where the level of abuse is considered to be the same between male / male and female / female.