Here is an article about Domestic Abuse and the decision that just about everyone in a domestic violence situation has to make. Do you try and escape to freedom or put up with the domestic abuse?
It may seem like a simple and obvious answer-escape! But for everyone involved in a domestic violence situation is not easy.
“To escape the violence, there are some factors that should be considered. Safety should always be a consideration. There are many women’s groups that are available to help. There is a twenty-four hour hotline for victims in most cities. Domestic violence awareness is growing and society has created resources for those who are being victimized. The victims will have support, therapy and a safe environment that will help to make it possible to escape to freedom and start a new life.”
Some researchers believe that the abuse is a learned behavior. They have stated that children who have witnessed any domestic violence while growing up, will become abusive when they grow up. Another theory is that society is male dominated and men see themselves as being in charge of women. This allows the men to be able to control women and view them as inferior. Mental illness could also be a possible cause of abuse. However, these theories have not been proven for all abusers. While some abusers do fit into one of the theories, each theory has examples of abusers who do not fit the scenario.
The escape from domestic violence will possibly feel like it is overwhelming and difficult at times. It is an abrupt change in behavior for a victim who has been mentally and physically trampled on and terrorized. Practicing the escape mentally, as much as possible, has been shown to be especially helpful.
Recently a survey showed that 22% of all Americans were victims of domestic violence, obviously the majority of those are women. Women who are in a domestic abusive relationship should have an escape plan formulated as part of her exit strategy and all women should carry a self-defense product with them such as a pepper spray or stun gun.
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