The Art Of Giving Up
6 months ago

Being The Abuser

Episode Notes

This week I am joined by  Astrid Crowley.

Emotional and physical abuse are common, and not just in romantic relationships. In fact while recording and preparing for this episode I had a hard time coming across any real statistics that break down abuse across all categories. Looking only at the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet however shows us a few things.

• 48.4% of women and 48.8% of men have experienced at least one psychologically aggressive behavior by an intimate partner.

• 4 in 10 women and 4 in 10 men have experienced at least one form of coercive control by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

• 17.9% of women have experienced a situation where an intimate partner tried to keep them from seeing family and friends.

• 18.7% of women have experienced threats of physical harm by an intimate partner.

• 95% of men who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them.

• Women who earn 65% or more of their households’ income are more likely to be psychologically abused than women who learn less than 65% of their households’ income.

These statistics reflect only a portion of what we understand about emotional abuse.

It is rampant and needs to stop.

Understanding how easy it is to become the abuser is just a first step in stopping this trend.

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