Fact: Women who experience domestic violence face a range of barriers to leaving the relationship. The most common group of domestic violence victims are those who have dependent children & no independent financial status. These women face a future of reduced income and difficulty finding accommodation. Also, the violence does not necessarily stop after women leave, sometimes it can get worse. Research on homicide victims shows that women who attempt to end their relationship are exposed to a relatively high risk of homicide, with the period immediately after they leave associated with particularly high risk.
Fact: As many as 1 in 10 women are victims of domestic violence. In a phone-
Fact: Much violence occurs without alcohol. Many people get drunk without becoming violent. Alcohol is an excuse, not a cause. It may lower inhibitions. Remember that the person who uses alcohol is responsible for their drinking and their abusive behaviour. Your attitudes and values determine whether you use violence against your family or not. In 50% of cases of violent behaviour, neither party has been drinking. Perpetrators of violence have been violent under the influence of alcohol and also while not under the influence of alcohol.
Fact: There is no excuse for violence and in any case, many women report being hit from behind, and with no warning. If he feels his “buttons are pushed”, he can choose to walk away.