Domestic violence is only physical: Abuse presents in many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, spiritual etc.
Domestic violence only happens to people of a certain background: Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic standing, ethnicity, or life experience.
Domestic violence is rare: Almost one third (30%) of all women, across the world, have experienced physical and / or sexual violence by their intimate partner. As many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners, according to the World Health Organisation.
In Ireland, 1 in 3 women have experienced psychological violence from a partner at some point in their lives and 1 in 6 have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner since the age of 15.
1 in 4 Irish women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner or non-partner since the age of 15.
Domestic violence is a loss of control: Violent behavior is a choice. Perpetrators use it to control their victims. Domestic violence is about perpetrators using their control, not losing their control. Their actions are very deliberate.
The victim is responsible for the violence because they provoke it: No one asks to be abused. And no one deserves to be abused regardless of what they say or do.
Alcohol/Drugs cause abusive behavior: Although many abusive partners also abuse alcohol and/or drugs, this is not the underlying cause of the abuse. Many abusers use alcohol/drugs as an excuse to explain their violence