No cause of domestic violence, however, justifies the actions of the abuser, nor should it be used as a rationale for their behavior.These possible causes are only to better understand why an abuser believes it is acceptable to abuse their partner physically, sexually, psychologically or emotionally.Domestic violence — also known as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence or abuse — may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other.Abusers may feel this need to control their partner because of low self-esteem, extreme jealousy, difficulties in regulating anger and other strong emotions, or when they feel inferior to the other partner in education and socioeconomic background.Girls who witness domestic violence in their families of origin are more likely to be victimized by their own husbands.
Domestic violence can happen in any relationship, regardless of ethnic group, income level, religion, education or sexual orientation.
Leaving domestic violence can sometimes be a process that doesn’t happen all at once, because of fear of the abuser and needing to ensure you have the resources to leave and continue your life in peace.
Your local community will often have services to help you do this via a woman’s shelter or woman’s health center (for women; less services are available for men in most communities).
They may have seen violence often or they may have been victims themselves.
Some abusers acknowledge growing up having been abused as a child.