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