This is a story from the Blackpool Gazette in the United Kingdom about Assaults On Women.
The gist of the story is that, on average, a woman will be hit or threatened by a partner 35 times before she reports it to the authorities.
“Historically domestic abuse is a hidden crime. What happens within four walls, stays within four walls.”
The abuse does not have to be physical it can be emotional verbal or psychological abuse to have the same degrading impact.
One reason that women put up with it for so long is because they fear they have no option and that there is no place to go. With their shelters all over the place and help from professionals.
Another form of abuse is being overly protective and possessive, preventing you from leading a normal lifestyle.
“It is a difficult area to deal with, but there are a number of reasons why people don’t report, or change their mind, which we have to have an understanding of – and we do have an understanding of.
“We are trained to recognize those signs. It can be coercion, it can be ongoing threats of violence. There are a number of reasons why victims change their mind after reporting and although it does frustrate the process, we understand the reasons behind it.”
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