Domestic Violence Is Not The Victim's Fault
Last month, video footage surfaced of National Football League player Ray Rice delivering a knockout punch to his fiancee. Last week, a Buffalo man shot and killed his wife in the street before turning the gun on himself. Police said the couple had a history of domestic violence.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and you do not have to look hard to find examples of such abuse in society. When we hear of such incidents, it can be easy to ask, “Why does the victim stay in the relationship?” Yet Mary Travers Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center, said that is the wrong question to be asking. Instead, of putting responsibility on the victim, we need to ask why the perpetrator continues to abuse.