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March 30, 2012 / Man in the Mirror

Not domestic violence but domestic abuse.

When talking about violence against women, it shouldn’t be labeled as domestic ‘violence’. This leaves out all those people who have suffered from verbal, psychological and financial abuse at the hands of their spouse/ partners and their families. 

We should talk about domestic ‘abuse’ to encompass all the women who have suffered and are suffering mistreatment in their homes.

This occurred to me during a workshop where we were told that a woman who had taken steps to leave her violent husband actually stated that she preferred her spouse to hit her because at least the injury would heal and she could forget about what had happened. But with verbal and psychological abuse, the effects remained longer and hurt more than any physical injury ever could.

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