Domestic violence: myths and misconceptions
Domestic abuse victims often show up at medical facilities bruised and battered – obvious signs of a domineering, brutal mate or family member.
Domestic abuse is not confined to married couples, but extends to co-habiting partners, children, elderly and dating relationships, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.) Community Advocate Marie Schwartz said.
But abuse within a family often, too often, ecompasses physical assault as well as other forms of abuse, Schwartz said. The ordeal leaves many victims scarred, terrified and immobile.