Every time we ask “why didn’t you just leave?”, we engage in victim-blaming.
Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
Domestic violence is “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” (Source – Women’s Aid.)
MYTH: Domestic violence stops on separation or once the relationship ends
FACT: Women are at a higher risk of violence and of being killed after leaving violent partners . Domestic violence continues long after the relationship has ended – 76% of separated women suffer post-separation violence . It is one of the most significant causes of repeat homelessness and repeat victimisation. 79% of women leave their violent…
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