There are only three ways that I am aware domestic violence can end. They are:
1) The victim separates him/herself from the abuser.
2) The abuser is rehabilitated and changes his/her ways.
3) The victim dies.
I know, it’s brutal, but it’s true. In my personal opinion, if the abuser is willing to seek counseling and rehabilitation, it’s still a good idea for the victim to separate him/herself from their abuser during that time. Wisdom is a great ally, especially in such a situation as this.
So, how long does domestic violence last? As long as it can, and for as long as it is allowed to last. It ends when someone leaves, whether if temporarily, or permanently, and hopefully not in a body bag.
Carolyn is an advocate for sexual/domestic violence and assault awareness, also focusing on child sexual abuse. She is a Life Direction & Empowerment Coach, working with victims and survivors of molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence or spousal abuse, and bringing training to organizations seeking to help victims. Listen to Carolyn’s interview with Cynthia Brennen, on “Help, Hope & Healing.” Visit her website: orangeblossomwishes.com.
- Pols: Let’s help domestic violence victims (nydailynews.com)