Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series—Causes of Abuse
Often abusive behavior is learned. Perhaps the abuser grew up in a home and saw his mother being abused. He copied his father and may have even been abused. If the abuser is a woman, she may have been molested and abused as a child and developed a tough façade to prevent herself from being hurt.
The behavior can be learned from:
o Observation—such as growing up in an abusive home.
o Experience—the abuser was once abused
o Culture—some cultures or families do condone violence
What other reasons can you think of for abuse?