Myth #8: The victim provoked the violence.
Fact: The abuser is completely responsible for the abuse. No one can say or do anything which warrants being beaten and battered. Abusers often try to deflect their responsibility by blaming the victim via comments, such as:
- “You made me angry.”
- “You made me jealous.”
- “This would never have happened if you hadn’t done that.”
- “I didn’t mean to do that, but you were out of control.”
Victims need to be assured that the abuse is not their fault. Victor M. Parachin –Author
With an informed community, with the help of family and friends, the cycle of abuse can be broken.