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  • Myth: Violence is really only an isolated event. There isn’t much of it happening.

  • Reality: One out of every 15 relationships is currently experiencing the sort of violence that will send the victim to the hospital.

  • Myth: Domestic violence only happens to poor people or minorities.

  • Reality: Abuse can happen in any household, regardless of race, economic background or educational level.

  • Myth: The victim “makes the partner hit them” by “getting in their face.” They “ask for it.”

  • Reality: Every relationship has arguments and stress, but most people don’t hit others when they get angry. An abuser has limited skills to deal with stress.

  • Myth: The victim actually enjoys the attention, needs the violence or is a perpetual victim.

  • Reality: Victims do not want to be hit. The abuser’s violence is his/her own responsibility.

  • Myth: The abuser is a sick or crazy monster, angry all the time.

  • Reality: An abuser can be passive, a “nice person” generous to others and sensitive. Anyone could be an abuser.

  • Myth: Alcohol or a bad marriage is the cause of violence.

  • Reality: Most abusers hit whether drunk or sober. Alcohol/substance abuse can reduce the ability to control behavior.

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Violence hurts you and your children forever.
La violencia le causa dano usted ya a sus ninos, para siempre.

You didn’t cause the violence, but you can end it! Please get help!

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