Unfortunately there are a lot of myths about family violence. It’s important to break through these and get to the facts.
Myth — “Family violence is a personal problem between husband and wife”
Fact — Family violence affects not only the person being abused, but anyone living in the home, including children. Family violence affects the community through its impact on people’s mental and physical health, and the costs for our society of these.
Myth — “If the violence is so bad, the victim would leave the offender”
Fact — There are many reasons why a victim is afraid to leave a violent relationship. Staying with the offender does not mean that things are ok or that the victim wants to be abused. Leaving can be the most dangerous time for victims. They may not have support or know about services that can help them.