Let’s Talk Domestic Violence

As I surfed through my morning blogs this morning, I came across TMZ breaking news regarding GMA (Good Morning America) cancelling Evelyn Lozada first interview after her publicize domestic violence incident with professional football player Chad Johnson. While some maybe upset by the long wait of silence, let’s discuss the truth about domestic violence.

According to an article in Psychology Today: Everything You Need to Know About Domestic Violence But Were Afraid to Ask

Domestic Violence is no longer one-dimensional thinking and gender dynamics are no longer so black and white. The large majority of women aren’t housewives at men’s beck and call and men are no longer the sole breadwinners. Much has changed since the 1960’s and the birth of feminism.

Prepare yourself for these recent research findings:

  • Given the chance to escape their abusers, many women – at least one study reports 50 percent – return to their abusers after a shelter stay.
  • Men and women abuse each other at similar rates, although men’s injuries are often less serious and they are much more reticent to report them.
  • Women frequently strike out at their partners, and not simply in self-defense; in 24% of violent American marriages, the woman is the only abuser.
  • Studies of dating violence reveal a disturbing trend about girls’ relationship violence: When only one partner is violent, it is more likely – some studies have shown twice as likely – to be the female partner.
  • The popular conception of domestic violence in which the female victim lives in terror of her controlling abuser only represents a small fraction of American couples struggling with violence today.
  • Violent partners often learn these patterns of relating in childhood from their mothers, fathers and siblings – in time, these experiences influence young people to become the next generation’s victims and abusers.

Domestic violence comes in many forms; it can be emotional or physical, and it can be against a man or a woman. The point is, it can happen to anyone. Even some of the richest, most famous and most powerful people in the world can be affected by domestic abuse. Most are able to come out the other side and put their lives back together, but not always. More than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day, and those that are abused are nine times as likely to commit suicide. Statistics like this mean it’s important not to shy away from talking about domestic violence. Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed about; being the perpetrator is.

Below is a list of celebrities who fell victim to domestic violence.

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