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Shattered Love-Broken Lives The phone rings you glance at the clock It is 130 am Friday night the bars have just closed You answer the phone RACS Susan speaking Hes going to do it again - any minute now - hes madder than hell - Oh no Here he comes now - help me please For some hopefully this call is alien to them For others it is not Domestic violence becomes an everyday part of their life The broken bones and bruises may heal but the true damage to a victim of domestic violence will last a lifetime Because the abuser is so manipulative there are usually characteristics that emerge such as low self esteem traditional beliefs psychological and physiological problems and complaints minimizing the abuse and feelings that she deserves the punishment she receives Battered women typically underestimate their abilities The batterer constantly tells her she is incompetent and unstable to function on her own Women often define themselves by their success or failure as a wifepartner or mother and when things are not well at home even if they are at their job or in other areas of their lives their self esteem is adversely affected A battered woman assumes she is responsible for her mans behavior She starts thinking that society will see her as the problem If she would change her behaviors he would change for example if she could stop making mistakes and do things right his behavior would improve Typically whether a battered woman feels that her role in a relationship is to nurture the man or to maintain the household and take care of the relationship his violence almost always shows her that these traditional ideas of behavior keep her safer than more liberated forms of behavior She may keep working out of economic necessity It may be the only respite from her husbands constant watching of her Sometimes she may give her job up
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