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1 Dynamics of Domestic Violence. 2 Course Overview Statistics About Domestic Abuse Myths Causes of Abuse Definitions of Abuse Dynamics of Domestic Abuse.

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1 1 Dynamics of Domestic Violence

2 2 Course Overview Statistics About Domestic Abuse Myths Causes of Abuse Definitions of Abuse Dynamics of Domestic Abuse Why Women Stay How to Talk to Victims

3 3 Statistics National State City

4 4 Myths Battering is rare. Only some people experience it. Men who batter are very mean, scuzzy, and “skid row” types. They hate everybody. Battered women are always uneducated, “lower class” or working class, or poor. Battered women are from minority groups, who don’t know any better. Battered women always look beat up. They look abused and assaulted. You can always tell who they are.

5 5 Causes of Abuse Learned Opportunity/Societal Forces Stress Decision

6 6 Definition of Abuse Abuse Physical Emotional Psychological Sexual

7 7 Dynamics of Domestic Abuse Phase 1: Escalation Phase 2: Acute Battering Phase 3: Honeymoon or Sorrow The Use of Power to Attain Control in a Relationship

8 8 Why stay in an abusive relationship? Fear of Partner’s Action Effects of Abuse Isolation Economic Dependency Leaving is a Process

9 9 How to talk to Victims Listen to them Believe them. Assure them that it is not their fault Do not pass judgment on them or the person that hurt them Tell them about support services that are available Ask if they are safe right now If they are in immediate danger call 911

10 10 Resources National Domestic Violence Hotline Minnesota 24-hour Hotline


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