Common Myths

Mar 1st, 2010 In: Resources Voices of Violence By: Comments 0

Women are perpetrators of domestic violence as frequently as men are.

NOT TRUE: Men are the batterers in more than 95% of all reported cases.

Battery is an anger management problem.

NOT TRUE: If domestic violence were an anger management problem, then batterers would also punch out fellow employees or neighbors. A batterer hurts the vulnerable person in his life to maintain control.

The victims of domestic violence are dysfunctional women who don’t know any better and like the drama.

NOT TRUE: Two-thirds of women in domestic violence cases are “normal.” They could be your mother, sister or friend.

Batterers don’t enjoy hitting their victim; they just can’t control themselves.

NOT TRUE: New research indicates that many batterers are bullies who actually enjoy causing physical injury and exerting control over their victim.

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