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.

Abuse is violence. Violence is a learned behavior.domestic violence


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?



Causes of Abuse

How a Person Learns Abusive Patterns

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