Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, or family violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.
Emotional abuse is abuse regardless if violence is involved or not. Its victims might not suffer broken bones, torn flesh or spilled blood, but emotional abuse is a painful and destructive form of domestic violence. While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, abuse of men happens far more often than you’d probably expect. Abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man or a woman.
Listen to this audio podcast of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio’s The Drew Mariani Show on the topic: Surviving Spousal Abuse.
(Allison is 2nd guest on radio program and discussion begins at –24:40 mark.)
Allison is also the Founder and President of www.CatholicTherapists.com, a nationwide network of dedicated Catholic therapists.
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