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Busting common misbeliefs about domestic violence

The process of coping with domestic violence and the outcome of each situation varies from family to family depending on the situation, response of each party and surrounding conditions. While many Illinois residents quietly survive familial violence, it is in fact, more serious and debilitating than many people can see or believe.

Psychology Today shared some common misconceptions that are so often associated with domestic violence. These include the following:

  • Victims are seen as victims: In many cases, victims in domestic violence cases face an uphill battle with criticism and blame. In some instances, it can come from family members who fail to understand the situation as it actually is.
  • Escaping is easy: Leaving a volatile relationship riddled with violence is never easy. In fact, for many people, it is a dangerous process accompanied by threat and fear. While there are hotlines and discreet ways of escaping, many victims lack the courage or resources to get away.
  • Only women are victims: On the contrary, men are just as much at risk of being the victims in domestic violence cases as are women. According to one study, men accounted for 40% of all victims.

Domestic violence is a silent killer, and one where many who are involved question their ability to safely handle and respond to the situation. Victims need the help and support of trusted family and friends to provide shelter, a listening ear, childcare or financial support.

Despite what some people may believe, family violence affects even those indirectly involved, in some form or another. The Huffington Post reported that 10,000,000 children are subjected to family violence every year. 

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