Myths & facts....
MYTH: It does not happen very often.
FACT: Domestic violence is significantly under reported. Research studies suggest that victims are most at risk of violence in their own home and up to one third of the population may be involved in domestic violence situations at some time.
MYTH: Domestic violence only happens in lower socio-economic families.
FACT: Domestic violence occurs in all kinds of families, irrespective of wealth or status.
MYTH: Alcohol is the main cause of domestic violence.
FACT: There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol causes violence. Violence can occur without the involvement of alcohol. However, when alcohol is involved, the risk of violence and potential for harm may increase.
MYTH: The victim must have done something to deserve the violence.
FACT: There is no excuse for the use of violence.