Posted in Domestic Violence on March 30, 2018
One in four women, or 24.3%, and one in seven men, or 13.8%, in the United States have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner. Physical violence is a common form of domestic violence, but it is certainly not the only form of it. Almost half of all American women and men have experienced psychological torment by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. With the severity of domestic violence, it can be difficult to understand why a victim would not immediately report the situation.
A victim might stay silent because he or she loves the batterer. Victims often retain some love their partners despite violence or torment. A relationship exists between the two people, and both the victim and the violator could have a difficult time ending the relationship.
The victim could also believe that there is a chance that his or her partner will change and end the violence. A victim could also worry that the tormentor would not be able to survive alone.
Other emotional factors affecting why a domestic violence victim would not report the situation could include:
A domestic violence victim may stay silent because of various situational factors. The abuser could financially support the victim and children, making economic dependence a significant factor. Victims may also fear that their abusers may put children in physical danger if they report the violence.
Other situational factors that could keep a victim from reporting abuse include:
Stockholm Syndrome refers to a victim feeling an attachment to his or her abuser or feeling as if he or she is a hostage and cannot leave. It is a psychological symptom that some victims of violence or kidnapping experience.
Symptoms and explanations of Stockholm Syndrome include:
Victims of domestic violence are in complicated, traumatic situations that are impossible to understand from an outside perspective. The choice to stay silent is complex and accompanied by countless factors, but it is never too late to get help. If your partner is accusing you of domestic violence, you need an experienced Riverside domestic violence attorney. Contact Graham Donath Law Offices, A.P.C. for dedicated defense in your domestic violence case.