Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone but still the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied especially when the abuse is psychological rather than physical. If you start noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship then that is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love.
It mainly occurs in intimate relationships or marriage ties where one partner tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose which is to gain and maintain total control over someone. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb.
Domestic violence and abuse do not discriminate; it happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. While everyone thinks that women are more commonly victimized, they may not realise that men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well.
It often starts off from name calling to threats and verbal abuse and escalates quickly to violence. We all think physical injury may be the most obvious danger, however the consequences of emotional and psychological abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone.
No one should have to endure this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.Everyone deserves to live a peaceful and happy life.
Those of us who have the eyes and ears of the media have a responsibility to amplify the voices of the voiceless.
Peter Gabriel, singer