Thursday, September 10, 2009

Misconceptions About Domestic Violence Remain

It could be more a question of denial... 'Domestic violence does not discriminate' It isn't something that happens to "other kinds of people" in "other kinds of places."
"It's a challenge (locally), because there's a deep tendency to say, this doesn't happen in my neighborhood," said Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, United Family Services director for Mooresville and Lake Norman.

"It's everyone's issue — domestic violence does not discriminate by race, class or zip code."
It isn't just in poor urban areas or in rural areas. It is happening in everywhere.

You also can't judge the impact by the number of broken bones.
Another myth that Forney often hears from others is "at least they're not really hurt."

"I heard that statement over and over in the Chris Brown/Rhianna case," she said. "Just because the physical abuse might not be that bad, it doesn't mean the emotional scars aren't long-lasting."
Hat tip to the Minister of Defense (Twitter isn't just about what people had for breakfast)

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