The subject of domestic violence is something which most websites would rather not cover, because it’s an extremely sensitive and something many people would rather not think about. Unfortunately not thinking about something doesn’t meant that it simply ceases to exist, and the reality here is that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten by somebody she’s in a relationship with.
If you take this statistic to an international level the figures are even more horrifying because 3 out of every 5 women have been beaten, or otherwise physically or sexually abused, by a partner/boyfriend/husband at some stage during their life. These statistics don’t even take into account the number of women who are emotionally and verbally abused by their partners almost every single day. Basically domestic violence is a hidden crime, with somewhere between 55% and 95% of women never even reporting it when it does actually happen.
To make matters worse any economic downturn always sees a rise in cases of domestic violence, and with almost the entire world in a financial recession for the last 4 – 5 years cases of domestic now appear to be reaching epidemic proportions – unemployment usually being a key factor in why the abuse happens in the first place.
So although most people would assume that because I’m a guy I’d want to gloss over the issue of domestic violence and just focus on the “fun” parts of any relationship, but then I wouldn’t be staying true to the goals of this site in the first place – to provide help for people who need it. I have some very strongly held beliefs on domestic violence so you may find that the way I write about it isn’t always objective, based on the fact that I think men who inflict this kind of violence on a woman they allegedly “love” are cowards, and domestic violence is an act of cowardice.
Another reason why I want to discuss books on domestic violence against women is to clearly demonstrate that this type of behavior isn’t normal – not in any way all, and that it’s possible to change your future so that domestic violence is no longer part of your life. There is always hope for change, but you have to want that change and then embrace it when the opportunity finally appears. Obviously there are numerous legal and support resources you can use when you want to put an end to any abusive relationship – regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman.
Also on that previous point because I’m a guy I’m also going to review books on the subject of domestic violence perpetrated against men by their wives and girlfriends – a far more common problem than some women might imagine. In ways men feel more helpless in these situations because, if they were brought up properly, they know it’s wrong to hit a woman, so even when they’re the victims of horrific domestic violence and abuse at the hands of the woman they love they simply take the beating and try to explain it away as an accident. I know of one situation where a boyfriend was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend but refused to implicate her – he died of his wounds the same night.
These particular book reviews are going to be gritty and may even offend some people but I can guarantee that you will learn something about yourself from the information I share with you here.
Reviews coming in the very near future include: