Domestic Violence Facts

In order to understand fully the phenomenon of Domestic Violence it is vital to view the social ill in the right perspective and for this end it is necessary to consider a few domestic violence facts; Domestic Violence may be faced by any woman, regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality or lifestyle. Domestic violence can occur in any social and economic context, in affluent and poor households, educated and uneducated; all types of women have been known to be victims. The survivor is related to the abuser through marriage, blood relationship or live-in relationship.

     It is a fact that the abusers come from all walks of life. They can be male or female, but the trend indicates that men are the majority of the perpetrators. The abuser is entirely responsible for his/her behaviour, and there is no excuse for domestic violence. There are no justifications for domestic violence, although some studies cite reasons as alcohol, drugs, infidelity, mental illness, working women, and home incidents such as poor food preparation. Whatever the ‘reason’, violence against another person is never justifiable. It is wrong. The only true cause of domestic violence is the abuser’s choice to act violently. 

The victim/survivor is never responsible for the abuser’s behaviour. Blaming the partner is something that abusers often do to justify their violent behaviour. This is part of the pattern and is in itself abusive. Often physical abuse is accompanied by mental and emotional abuse, maintaining a dangerous power structure within the home. Women therefore often feel responsible for the violence and it is important to let them know that the violence is not their fault.       

The effects of domestic violence or abuse can be very long-lasting as also emotionally, physically and mentally damaging. 

  • Depression,

  • Anger

  • Anxiety attacks

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of trust in others and weak relationships

  • Sensitivity to rejection and a feeling of abandonment

  • Chronic health problems, substance abuse, sleeping problems and inability to work

Physical abuse in extreme form may also result in serious injury or death