Contrary to what many believe, domestic violence is not just about physical violence.
It can also include sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and stalking.
He may tell the victim that she's nothing compared to him, causing the victim to feel vulnerable and afraid.
Basically, domestic violence offenders always feel the need to be in control of their victims.
The less in control an offender feels, the more they want to hurt others.
If victims of domestic violence have low self-esteem, it can cause them to stay in an abusive relationship. Maria Phelps, a survivor of brutal domestic violence and the blogger behind A Movement Against Domestic Violence, notes:Self-esteem alone cannot combat domestic violence.
A woman with high self-esteem can be affected by domestic violence, but I feel that the woman with better self-image will be more empowered to leave a relationship where there is abuse, and that is the important thing to focus on.
Victims need support to feel empowered to live a life free of violence.