On Domestic Violence– Epilogue

The Ungodly Woman

To read about my own experience with domestic violence (in two parts), start here.

I think our culture still tends towards minimizing and discrediting the stories of DV survivors. Is it that we have trouble comprehending the actual existence of such things? Or is it that we just don’t want to?

As an adult, I have presented as a strong, somewhat confident woman. I believe this is why the people in my life at the time had great difficulty believing something like this could happen to me. But it did happen to someone like me.

In the past, there has been a tendency for clinicians to label victims of DV as co-dependent. The backlash against this “victim blaming” is the perpetuation of a purely victim mentality, which eventually morphs into a victim identity.

I, personally, believe that while acknowledging the forces at play lying outside of a victim of DV…

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