That Ain’t True: Common Myths About Domestic Violence

Debunking the biggest lies about intimate partner violence.

Don?t Believe the Hype - To commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we want to dispel some of the most common myths out there about intimate partner violence. Pass and share this to help educate others about a serious issue impacting our community. By Kellee Terrell (Photo: Daniel Koebe/Corbis)

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Don?t Believe the Hype - To commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we want to dispel some of the most common myths out there about intimate partner violence. Pass and share this to help educate others about a serious issue impacting our community. By Kellee Terrell (Photo: Daniel Koebe/Corbis)

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Don’t Believe the Hype

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Myth: Domestic Violence Is Not Our Problem

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Myth: Only Physical Violence Is Abuse

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Myth: You Must Have Done Something to Be Beaten

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Myth: If She Stays, It Must Not Be That Bad 

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Myth: Only Weak, Unsuccessful Women Are Abused

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Myth: Abuse Is Only When the Man Gets Out of Control

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Myth: LGBT Folks Don’t Experience Domestic Violence

Myth: Men Can't Be Victims - We tend to believe that because men are supposed to be "strong" and "masculine," they cannot be victims of domestic violence, which couldn't be further from the truth. Men can be raped, stalked and physically and emotionally abused. It just happens that women have higher rates than men.  (Photo: Robert Essel NYC/CORBIS)

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Myth: Men Can't Be Victims