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Domestic Violence: Profiles in a Battering Relationship

The following profiles are some indicators of batterers and victims in a battering relationship. If you find you or your partner fit the description, it is time to seek help!

Batterers

  • Low self-esteem
  • Believes in myths of battering relationship
  • Strong belief in traditional gender roles within the family
  • Blames others for his behavior
  • Pathologically jealous
  • Alternates between violence and being regretful
  • Has severe stress reactions, with which he copes by drinking and battering
  • Uses sex as an act of aggression, often to bolster self-esteem
  • Does not believe the violent behavior should have negative consequences
  • Socially isolated
  • Very sensitive to the nuances of other’s behavior
  • Becomes paranoid under stress

Victims

  • Low self-esteem, lacks clear self-identity
  • Believes in myths of battering relationships
  • Strong belief in traditional gender roles within the family
  • Accepts responsibility for batterer’s behavior
  • Feels guilty, but denies terror and anger
  • Presents as reserved and passive
  • Has severe stress reactions, with psycho-physiological complaints
  • Uses sex to establish intimacy
  • Believes no one can help, and they must be self-sufficient
  • Socially unsophisticated and shy
  • Trusting, but has difficulty expressing feelings
  • Becomes withdrawn under stress

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