When most people who have never experienced it, think of domestic abuse they imagine a woman, physically beaten by a man. If they were asked to describe a picture of domestic abuse their description might be that of a dowdy, downtrodden looking, woman, make-up less with a black eye or a split lip. This is where most unaffected people’s vision of domestic violence ends.
Little is reported about men who are abused by their partners (an estimated 11.5% of men in the US) or women who discover it is not only male partners who are abusive, but, by far the biggest underreported facet of domestic violence is that of emotional and psychological abuse.
In the US the CDC records statistics on intimate partner violence. Their website says:
“The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.”
The CDC goes on to list the physical and psychological effects on victims as well as the financial impacts on them and the economy.
The photograph above was posted to Twitter by an Inspector in Londons Metropolitan Police Service. It is the scene that greeted a colleague who attended a domestic abuse emergency call. More than a photo of a beating or the aftermath of a physical altercation this image distils the terror and menace that many people suffer at the hands and minds of their abusers.
The woman involved was removed to a safe place and the male abuser was charged and is awaiting trial.
Featured Image Source: Inspector Jack Rowlands/ Twitter