Domestic Violence: Myths and Misconceptions

Myth: Domestic violence only happens in lower class families.

Reality: Domestic violence happens in every social class, economic bracket, nationality, ethnic background, culture, lifestyle and religion. 

The myth of poverty and abuse is common. People see abuse existing in a family in poverty and make the assumption that the abuse is there because the people are uneducated and lacking in education, morals and values. They believe that education, social standing and financial increase are the solution to the problem of abuse.

The reality is that domestic violence or family abuse happens in wealthy families and poor families, in upper class families as well as middle class and lower class families, and it happens in every nationality, every ethnic group, every lifestyle, culture and religion known to man.

Domestic violence, just like any violence, is not about status in society but rather it is a mindset. The abusive person believes they have the right to treat other people however they please through manipulation, coercion, and physical control in order to achieve their goals.

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About minarraulston

I have been a freelance writer for more than twenty years. I have now branched out and also provide editing services and I am a public speaker. I write, edit and speak on a variety of subjects. One of the main subjects I speak and write about is domestic violence. As a survivor of domestic violence I speak out for those who can't or are too afraid to speak out. Domestic violence is a crime against the family and I believe as a society we do all we can to end it and help those who have been victimized by it.

Posted on June 13, 2012, in Domestic Violence and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for this post…. Domestic abuse does, indeed, stretch across the entirety of society. Many times, people make assumptions about domestic abuse that cause them to tragically miss the abuse that’s going on around them – and the abuse that they could help to end.

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