Myth: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign of true love. Fact: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign that the person sees you as a possession.
Myth: A man cannot be a victim of domestic violence. Fact: Men are victims of domestic violence at the hands of both female and male partners. Although research shows that it is mainly women, this doesn't mean that men don't suffer too.
Myth: Alcohol and drugs cause people to be abusive to their partners. Fact: Alcohol and drugs do not cause domestic violence, however their use can create a more dangerous situation. Drinking/drug usage and violence are separate issues.
Myth: If a person stays in an abusive relationship, it must not be that bad. Fact: People stay in abusive relationships for many different reasons: fear, threats, economic dependence, confusion, religious beliefs, children, belief that the abuser needs their help or will change, belief that the abuse is their fault, isolation, or pressure from friends and family to stay in the relationship.
Myth: Domestic violence does not affect many people. Fact: In the United States, domestic violence affects people from every nationality and social/economic level.
Myth: Violence against women is hardly ever severe. Fact: Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Myth: It is simple for battered women to leave their abuser. Fact: Women who leave their batterers are at a 75% greater risk of being killed by the batterer than those who stay. Violence and abuse do not necessarily stop when someone leaves.
For more information on domestic violence, contact Victim Services at (303) 838-4441.