Real stories of dating abuse and violence

Cycle of Domestic Violence Violence in the Suburbs Warning Signs Effects on Children Animal Abuse and DV Safety Planning What Prevents Victimsfrom Leaving Stopping Abuse About Batterers Elder Abuse Teen Dating Violence Bullying Legal Information Why do Abuse Victims Stay? But breaking free of abuse is not simply a matter of walking out the door. It can be difficult for many people to understand why a person would stay in an abusive relationship. Strong emotional and psychological forces keep the victim tied to the abuser. Why don’t you just leave him.” We often put ourselves in the place of the victims and imagine ourselves leaving at the first signs of abuse.

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I did not like how people would label me with names, such as gay and Gandhi, even if I were to do absolutely nothing or appear as “different” to them.

That person would say that I was staring at people of the same sex while they were dressing. But, when this person labeled me as gay, I felt, in a way, violated and disrespected.

Sunday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

In the time it takes me to write this paragraph, 26 people -- given our statistics probably all women -- will be assaulted by an intimate partner in the U. In the roughly 48 hours between my writing and posting, at least six women in the US and hundreds if not thousands around the world will be killed by violent spouses.

The signs weren't obvious, especially to a 14 year-old, but it began with him telling me he didn't like the shirts I wore, or that my skirt was too short; at the time, it was easy to mistake jealousy and control for adoration.

It soon progressed to name-calling, insults, unfounded accusations, degradation, humiliation, and isolation.

The first step in domestic violence is to charm the victim; the second is to isolate the victim. I began believing I deserved the abuse, and thought everybody else believed I was who he said I was.

The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.

I was stuck in a psychological trap and didn't know where to turn, nobody could help me. Nobody knew I had been punched so hard I was almost knocked out.

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This year's theme, , is focused on how the worldwide proliferation of small arms exponentially increases the threats that women and children face. 1 in the world for guns/per capita, with 88 guns/100 people -- far exceeding the second on the list, Serbia, at 58.2/100.

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