When you're the survivor of domestic violence, you have immediate concerns that have to be addressed. Your ongoing safety is the number one concern you probably have -- followed quickly by trying to minimize the effect of domestic violence on other areas of your life.
Domestic violence is a problem all year long, but it can be even more intense during the holiday season. More than half of all Californians -- 58 percent -- have been touched by domestic violence at some point in their lives. That's why organizations like Blue Shield of California and others are hoping that individual communities will help address the underlying problems that lead to intimate partner violence.
While nobody is certain, psychologists estimate that up to 60 percent of the abusers in domestic violence situations suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD).
The victims of domestic violence face a lot of obstacles when it comes to breaking free from their abusers -- not the least of which is a very justifiable fear of what will happen if they do try to leave.
Dating violence is domestic violence. However, many teens who are the victims of domestic abuse by their romantic partners don't realize that they're being abused until the violence escalates out of control.
Experts say that domestic violence is all about control. The abuser wants to obtain -- or maintain -- his or her power over the victim. That's why it's often possible to spot an abusive relationship in the making -- long before any physical violence starts.
Escaping domestic violence is difficult because abusers are experts at stripping their victims of economic power, supportive relationships and their freedom. However, even when victims do make a break and exert their rights to live without violence and abuse, their abusers don't always give up.
When someone is the victim of domestic violence, a restraining order (also called "an order of protection") is absolutely appropriate. Unfortunately, some people see them as nothing more than a tool to use in order to force a spouse to leave the family home or a method to punish a romantic partner for moving on.
Is it harder for an domestic abuse victim to seek help when his or her abuser is a police officer?
Financial concerns can keep the victim of domestic violence tied to his or her abuser long after he or she is emotionally able to flee the home. No one should have to stay in an abusive environment.