Myth No 1: Only poor un­e­d­u­cated women are vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

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Myth No 2: Its bet­ter for chil­dren to re­main in dys­func­tional both par­ents’ fam­i­lies rather than be a part of di­vorced house­hold

What makes it harder for ed­u­cated women of the higher so­cio-eco­nomic pop­u­la­tion groups is the fear of fam­ily em­bar­rass­ment. Hence such crimes against pro­fes­sional women go un­re­ported or un­der­re­ported. Con­cern for the men­tal and fi­nan­cial well-be­ing of chil­dren ex­posed to di­vorce also keeps the women from tak­ing rad­i­cal steps in such hos­tile sit­u­a­tions. Stud­ies have proved that exit from mar­riage is a bet­ter op­tion for women with chil­dren. Chil­dren who are ex­posed to vi­o­lence from a young age ac­cept it as a nor­ma­tive be­hav­iour. Covert mes­sages about jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of vi­o­lence against women is in­cor­rectly passed onto the next gen­er­a­tion in such house­holds.

Myth No3: Vi­o­lence is only us­ing phys­i­cal force. Other co­er­cive ac­tions are not vi­o­lence

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has many faces. Any ac­tion that re­sults in con­trol of the vic­tim by the per­pe­tra­tor is cat­e­gorised un­der an act of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. In­tim­i­da­tion, ver­bal or emo­tional abuse, fi­nan­cial con­trol, etc are some ex­am­ples.

Myth No 4: It’s the vic­tims be­hav­iour that is re­spon­si­ble-per­pi­tra­tor is not to be blamed

In a largely pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety the onus of do­mes­tic dis­cord is al­ways put on the wife. The only way a vic­tim

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