Trigger warning: Domestic Violence
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced abuse in relationships. Factors that contribute towards gender-based violence according to WHO are gender inequality and the subsequent acceptance of violence against women and children, exposure to violence in the family and psychological disorders including depression, low self-esteem, an excessive need to control and anger.
When family, friends and society try to make sense of why the abused partner stays in the relationship, there is often a misunderstanding or a lack of knowledge about the physical and psychological impact of the relationship. Often, the abused partner doesn’t realize that they are being abused because of their upbringing in an abusive environment which has normalized abuse or because they hope and believe that their partner will change. Other reasons include economic pressures where the abused partner can’t support themselves financially and social pressures where cultural and/or religious norms make it difficult to the abused partner to leave the relationship.
But more importantly, according to intimate partner violence survivor and author of the book “Crazy Love” Leslie Morgan Steiner, victims of abuse often stay in the abusive relationships because of the real threat on their lives should they decide to leave.
Steiner shed light into abusive relationships with her TED Talk where she shared her experience of a previous abusive relationship, talked about misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence and offered solutions on how we can all help break the silence.
See the video below:
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