From the Board of Directors and Staff of KWRCC, have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!
Abuse Cannot Be Blamed on Mental Illness
Research shows abusers are no more likely to be mentally ill than others
Jul 17, 2017 | Courtesy of DomesticShelters.org
Abusers love excuses. They only yelled at you because they were drunk. They only hit you because they were hit as children. They’re only abusive because they’re depressed. It’s not their fault.
Survivors told DomesticShelters.org in a recent survey that the number one barrier that often prevents them from leaving their abuser is threats or excuses.
Spoiler alert: Those excuses are lies. Domestic violence is not caused by alcohol or drugs, plenty of adults who grew up witnessing domestic abuse as children didn’t turn into batterers and, according to a study by Andrew Klein, Ph.D., for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, abusive partners are no more likely to be mentally ill than the general population.
We are here to support victims, their families, and the community in every way we can and KWRCC continues to provide all of our domestic violence and sexual assault services. Our shelter, offices and Donation Room remain open for those in need of assistance.