The difference between domestic violence and normal conflict in a relationship is that conflict is part of every intimate relationship. It eventually cannot be avoided, but it is normal. Domestic violence, however, does not belong in healthy relationships. It is not normal for one partner to be abusive towards the other partner or family.
Here are some facts on domestic violence and marriages, according to www.foryourmarriage.org and the Huffington Post:
-“Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands or male lovers. One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds.” (this equates to about 1.3 million women)
-The number of women throughout the United States who report intimate partner abuse is one in four.
-Estimated number of children worldwide who are exposed to domestic violence every day: 10 million
-Intimate partner violence makes up 20 percent of all nonfatal violent crime experienced by women.
-The number of men who report intimate violence is one in seven.
-The percentage of women who report being strangled by a spouse in the past year: 33 to 47.3 (this abuse often does not leave physical signs, so the numbers are harder to come across)
-The average number of times an abuser hits a spouse before a police report is filed is 35.
No one deserves to be in this type of relationship. A relationship is meant to be a place of happiness and solitude, and one should not feel threatened by their intimate partner. If you are in this type of situation, do not forget that it is never too late to get out and find true happiness.