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What should you consider about domestic abuse?

Domestic violence and abuse are horrifying for victims and also a sign that the perpetrator needs assistance. There is no excuse for verbal, physical or other forms of abuse. While there are people who are falsely accused, those who are not falsely accused need to obtain help to help them manage their own emotions. Victims need assistance to get out of the dangerous situation and to get their lives back on track.

The trouble with domestic abuse is that it's often portrayed as only being physical in nature. The truth is that there are several forms of domestic abuse including, but not limited to, physical, emotional and financial abuse. Identifying all the forms of abuse is important for those who may be subjected to it, but it's also important for anyone in a relationship to understand the kinds of abuse. Someone could fall into patterns of abuse without even realizing that is what they're doing.

Recognizing abuse is the first step for everyone involved to get help. Those who are committing abuse deserve time to get anger management, to have their sides of the story heard and to commit to changing. Those being abused need to have time away, to feel protected and to have a way to manage their situation and to get back into control.

Abusive relationships often form over time, and by the time they're recognized, the abuse has carried on far too long. If you're accused of being an abuser, it's important to defend yourself immediately. You have a right to be heard without a bias.

Source: HelpGuide.org, "Domestic Violence and Abuse," accessed Nov. 02, 2017

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