The only true cause of relationship violence is the abuser's choice to act violently.
Abusers use drinking as one of many excuses for their violence and as a way to place the responsibility for their violence elsewhere.
Abusive partners choose to be violent toward their partners in ways they would never consider treating other people.
Intimate partner violence impacts people of all ethnicities, races, classes, abilities and nationalities.
These behaviors may take the form of physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological violence.
Physical violence: The abuser’s physical attacks or aggressive behavior can range from bruising to murder.
MYTH: Someone who is targeted by violence should just leave the relationship.
REALITY: The decision to end a relationship is not an easy one. Relationship violence is a result of abusers using control, not losing control. Abusers choose to be violent toward their partners in ways they would never consider treating other people.