Women in Abusive Relationships
Women in abusive relationships is a scourge that is a plague throughout the world.
Before I proceed I need to comment on the widely held belief that abounds today, that abuse is just as likely to be perpetrated by women as it is by men in abusive relationships.
My comment is - poppycock. In other words, this is nonsense. The figures we constantly hear are that 1 in 3 women all around the world are in abusive relationships, and this excludes mentally abusive relationships, emotionally abusive relationships and verbal abusive relationships.
It diverts our attention away from dealing with the issues associated with women being in abusive relationships. So little has been achieved to this point in time and this red herring gets thrown into the ring to distract us.
In my view it is an indication of part of the abusive relationship problem. It attempts to contradict the vastness of the issue of women in abusive relationships, and demonstrates how those who put forward this belief, are blind to this reality, or refuse to acknowledge it.
This is not to deny that some women are abusive in relationships, but it is in no way comparable.
In all my years as a counselor, I have seen women constantly who are living in absolute fear of the men they are living with. I have never seen one man who has claimed he is living in fear of the woman he is living with.
It never ceases to amaze me how the issue of women in abusive relationships gets such little attention.
We keep hearing that 1 in 3 women experience physical abuse in their relationships, not to mention all the other abuse that is experienced as well.
We hear that 3 women a day are killed by a male partner in the US. In Australia it is 1 every 5 days.
Being a woman in an abusive relationship, is still the biggest threat of injury to women - more than heart attacks, cancer, strokes, car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Abusive relationship statistics tell us the most dangerous place for a woman to be is in her own home - not some dark alley, or seedy neighborhood, or a parking lot.
Yet the warning that is regularly put forward is to be wary in such places - and also of strangers.
In addition, today, we are bombarded by the belief that we are at the mercy of terrorists and we need to be alert to the possibility of being targeted. Billions of dollars is being spent on our protection.
The incidence of women being in abusive relationships highlights the contrast, and the evidence against, the panic associated with so-called terrorism.
Terrorism in the home throughout the world, is gigantic in comparison, yet barely gets a mention, and peanuts is spent on dealing with it in any meaningful way.
Any money that is spent on the issues associated with women in abusive relationships, tends to be on what I call band aiding issues.
That is to say, it is usually spent on paying for women to live in safe houses and the expenses associated with getting them to that point.
Whilst this is necessary and a good thing, it plays no part in creating any real changes that are necessary to make a difference to the huge relationship problem of abusive relationships.
Some governments have policies claiming to aim at eliminating and preventing abuse in relationships, yet have nothing more in place than indicated above.
A major campaign is required as a start for overcoming the problem of women in abusive relationships.
Given this is one of the main relationship questions to ask, the community generally needs to be made aware of the widespread nature of the problem.
This needs to be done by making contact with a broad cross section of media outlets and getting them to do interviews with those who have the information available.
Articles about the problem of women in abusive relationships need to be submitted to these outlets as well. In addition talks must be organized with a whole range of people such as corporate groups, schools, government departments etc., etc.
The issue of women in abusive relationships is increasingly being recognized as a serious violation of basic human rights.
Today, international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, regard the prevention of abusive relationships as a high priority and there is a need for urgent action.
A World Health Organization report demonstrates that women in abusive relationships is widespread and deeply ingrained, and has serious impacts on women’s health and well-being.
According to Amnesty International, violence against women in relationships is the greatest human rights scandal of our times.
More information about this issue is contained in my ebook “How to Have An Extraordinary Relationship.”
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