Every year, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence and one of them is my sister. While cases are severely underreported because of the fear and denial common in abusive relationships, the US Department of Justice estimates that 25 percent of women in the US are or will be a victim of domestic violence. Read one sister's story and find out what to do when someone you love is in a violent relationship.
A recent Israeli study concluded that domestic violence between couples typically occurs as a calculated decision from the inflicting partner. The aggressor typically knows what sort of consequences he or she will face and weighs it before acting out. "Someone who uses verbal violence might well move on over time to threatening physical attack, and from there it is only downhill towards acting on the threat," one of the researchers says. In other frank words, get out of the cycle now!
Before I was married I always assumed that my threshold would be "If I'm unhappy in my marriage, I'm out of here." After we were married and we had kids my threshold evolved into something like, "If he ever lays a hand on me in violence, or becomes verbally abusive, or cheats on me, then I'm out of here."