The problem is that women stay in abusive relationships and suffer in silence. Our grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends are being killed as a result of domestic violence. Domestic violence many times is overlooked, excused or denied. Further, victims experience blame and shame from friends, family, professionals and others due to ignorance about the dynamics of domestic violence. As a result victims of domestic violence have no one in whom to confide or
1. The overall aim of the abuse is to assert power and maintain control. 2. Abusive relationships generally do not start off violent, but does so increasing over time, as the perpetrator exerts more and more control over the victim. 3. Abuse is generally one way, although victims sometimes strike back in self defense. 4. Physical violence if often recurrent. Apologies and promises of hope and change often follow a violent episode. 5. Sometimes after
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