- promising, swearing, or threatening to hit
- forcing to perform degrading or humiliating acts
- threatening to harm children, pets, or close friends
- humiliating by name-calling and insults
- threatening to leave her and the children
- isolation from family and friends
- destroying valued possessions
- controlling every move
- hitting or grabbing so hard it leaves marks
- throwing things
- slapping, spitting at, biting, burning, pushing, choking, or shoving
- kicking or punching, or slamming against things
- attacking with a knife, gun, rope, or electrical cord
- controlling access to health care for injury
- preventing from getting job
- sabotaging current job
- controlling how all money is spent
- failing to contribute financially
- forcing to have vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse
- biting breasts or genitals
- shoving objects into vagina or anus
- forcing to do something sexual that she finds degrading or humiliating
- forcing to perform sexual acts on other people or animals
Battering of women occurs only in lower socioeconomic classes.
- Violence occurs in all socioeconomic classes.
Substance abuse causes the violence.
- Violence is a learned behavior and can be changed.
- Presence of drugs and alcohol can make a bad problem worse.
Men have the right to discipline their partners. Battering is not a crime
- In the past, our patriarchal legal system afforded men the right to physically chastise their wives and children; we no longer live under that system.
- Women and children are no longer considered the property of men, and violence against them is a crime in every state.
Violence occurs to only a small percentage of women.
- One in four women will be victims of violence.
Intimate partner violence is typically a one time, isolated occurrence.
- Battering is a pattern of coercion and control that one person exerts over another.
- It is repeated using a number of tactics, including intimidation, threats, physical injury, economic deprivation, isolation, and sexual abuse.
- The various forms of abuse utilized by batterers help to maintain power and control over their victims.
Women can easily choose to leave an abusive relationship.
- Women stay in the abusive relationship because they feel they have no options.
Only men with mental health problems commit violence against women.
- Abusers often seem normal and do not appear to suffer from personality disorders or other forms of mental illness.
Pregnant women are protected from abuse by their partners.
- One in five women is physically abused during pregnancy.
- The effects of violence on infant outcomes can include preterm delivery, fetal distress, low birth weight, and child abuse.
Women provoke their partners to abuse them.
- Women may be willing to blame themselves for someone else's bad behavior, but nobody deserves to be beaten.
Violent tendencies have gone on for generations and are accepted.
- The police, justice system, and society are beginning to make IPV socially unacceptable.
IPV is only a heterosexual issue.
- There is as much IPV in the LGBT population with the added psychological abuse of "outing."
- Outing is when one partner threatens to disclose the others sexual preference in an effort to maintain power and control.