Myths of Dating Violence
Many people in abusive relationships are in denial.
They cling to the myth:
- That their partner will never do it again. Saying he or she will never do it again is futile because violence is a pattern of behaviors. Rarely does someone abuse their partner only once.
- That they are not being abused. Dating abuse does include physical and sexual violence. But it also can include emotional and verbal abuse – which includes put-downs, insults, and threats. For more information, see our article about the forms of relationship abuse.
- That they will leave when the time is right. People stay in abusive relationships for a variety of reasons. These include fear of being alone, emotional dependence, confusion, low self-esteem, not realizing that it's abuse, or a belief that the abuser will change.
- That it only happens to girls. Males can also be victims in controlling and abusive relationships. They can be embarrassed to confess that they are being abused because they, the abuser, and other people sometimes have a bias that "only females are abused."