Greetings Brothers & Sisters,
In our fourth installment of our five-part series: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN.
We will take an in-depth look at "When The Abuser Blames The Victim". We are also subtitling it: "99 Problems But I'm Not One of 'Em"!
Why are we using that subtitle? Because the black man domestic violence abuser may have many problems in AmeriKKKa stemming from: Lack of Employment, Lack of Finances, Lack of Proper Housing, Family Problems ie,. Parental and/or Siblings, White Man Racial Prejudices, Alcoholism, Drugs, & "Sexual Addiction" (a deep-seeded sexual desire for OTHER women NOT his own), and Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder.
In any event if those are some or all of the black man's problems, that black man has NO right to take it out on the black woman ... HIS black woman!
Below is an article (courtesy of our good friends at acadv.org which stands for: Alabama Coalition for Domestic Violence) chronically laying out from A-to-Z why the abusive domestic violence perpetrator blames his female victim on the other end of his abuse.
It is a very enlighten article. I have learned a lot myself, as I have all the way through our series thus far.
When you our faithful readers are done reading the article below, please take a final moment to look at & listen to the music video provided. It is from our dear Sister R&B recording artist Chrisette Michele. The song is called, "Blame It On Me" from her 2009 CD "Epiphany". What Sis. Chrisette has to say is powerfully moving & most definitely the anthem for black woman all over the diaspora who are fed-up with loving a black man who has done so many wicked ungodly hurtful things to her that she's willing to take the blame for everythang just as "long as it's over"!
(The lyrics to the song are provided so you don't miss a single word)
Of course brothers & sisters, commenting is open to any & everyone who wants to participate in our series discussion regarding the sick evil hurtful wickedness of domestic violence against the black woman.
We most definitely encourage the black man to discuss his feelings, thoughts, & experiences regarding this very serious subject matter. We encourage the black woman to continue sharing your feelings, experiences, and tales of horror living on the other end of your man's striking fist. We want to encourage the black woman to comment without fear of reprisal from that abusive negro she's laying with or from anyone else! That's why the option to post a comment "anonymously" is always there and free for you to use for your convenience sister.
So Until Next Time When We Conclude Our Five-Part Series With Installment Number 5....
Be Safe & Watch Out For Each Other!!!
YOUR SISTA & FRIEND,
GENERAL NIKKI X
Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling and coercive conduct that serves to deprive victims of safety and autonomy. Perpetrators believe they are entitled to power and control over their partners and perceive all interactions within relationships through a
Perpetrators come from all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, areas of the world, educational levels and occupations.
They often appear charming and attentive to outsiders, and even to their partners, at first. Many perpetrators are very good at disguising their abusive behavior to appear socially acceptable. Once they develop
- seek control of the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of their partner.
- restrict all of the victim's rights and freedoms
- punish their partner for breaking their rules or challenging the perpetrator's authority
- minimize the seriousness of their violence
- believe they are entitled control their partner
- use anger, alcohol/drug use, and stress as excuses for their abusive behaviors
- blame the victim for the violence
Victims of abuse do not cause violence. The batterer is responsible for every act of abuse committed.
Domestic violence is a learned behavior. It is learned through:
- community (peer group, school, etc.).
- mental illness.
- alcohol and drugs.
- out-of-control behavior.
- behavior of the victim.
- problems in the relationship.
Personality disorders, mental illness, and other problems may compound domestic violence, but the abusive behavior must be addressed separately.
Many men blame their violence on the effects of drug and alcohol use. Alcohol abuse is present in about 50 percent of battering relationships. Research shows that alcohol and other drug abuse is commonly a symptom of an abusive personality, not the cause. Men often blame their intoxication for the abuse, or use it as an excuse to use violence. Regardless, it is an excuse, not a cause. Taking away the alcohol, does not stop the abuse.
Substance abuse must be treated before or in conjunction with domestic violence treatment programs.
A batterer abuses because he wants to, and thinks he has a "right" to his behavior. He may think he is superior to his partner and is entitled to use whatever means necessary to control her.
Some ways batterers deny and minimize their violence:
- "I hit the wall, not her head."
- "She bruises easily."
- "She just fell down the steps."
- "Her face got in the way of my fist."
Characteristics of a Potential Batterer:
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- Threatening to call Child Protective Services or the Department of Human Resources and making actual reports that his partner neglects or abuses the children.
- Changing lawyers and delaying court hearings to increase his partner's financial hardship.
- Telling everyone (friends, family, police, etc.) that she is "crazy" and making things up.
- Using the threat of prosecution to get her to return to him.
- Telling police she hit him, too.
- Giving false information about the criminal justice system to confuse his partner or prevent her from acting on her own behalf.
- Using children as leverage to get and control his victim.
He may try to "win" her back in some of these ways:
- Invoking sympathy from her, her family and friends.
- Talking about his "difficult childhood".
- Becoming overly charming, reminding her of the good times they've had.
- Bringing romantic gifts, flowers, dinner.
- Crying, begging for forgiveness.
- Promising it will "never happen again."
- Promising to get counseling, to change.
Abusers can enter voluntarily or be court ordered to Perpetrator Intervention Programs. It is important to note that there are no guarantees that he will change his violent behavior. He is the only one that can make the decision--and commitment--to change.
If you have concerns about your relationship or your safety please call the toll free hotline 1-800-650-6522.
How do you know if he is really changing?
Positive signs include:
- He has stopped being violent or threatening to you or others
- He acknowledges that his abusive behavior is wrong
- He understands that he does not have the right to control and dominate you
- You don't feel afraid when you are with him.
- He does not coerce or force you to have sex.
- You can express anger toward him without feeling intimidated.
- He does not make you feel responsible for his anger or frustration.
- He respects your opinion even if he doesn't agree with it.
- He respects your right to say "no."
Six Big Lies
If you hear your partner making these statements while he is in a treatment program for abusers, you should understand that he is lying to himself, and to you.
- "I'm not the only one who needs counseling."
- "I'm not as bad as a lot of other guys in there."
- "As soon as I'm done with this program, I'll be cured."
- "We need to stay together to work this out."
- "If I weren't under so much stress, I wouldn't have such a short fuse."
- "Now that I'm in this program, you have to be more understanding."
- Couples' counseling works best when both people are truthful.
- Couples resolve problems in counseling by talking about problems.
Domestic violence is the sole responsibility of the abuser.
Individuals who are abusive to their partners minimize, deny and blame, and therefore are not truthful in counseling.
His abuse is not a couple problem, it is his problem. He needs to work on it in a specialized program for abusers.
A victim who is being abused in a relationship is in a dangerous position in couple's counseling. If she tells the counselor about the abuse, she is likely to suffer more abuse when she gets home. If she does not tell, nothing can be accomplished.
If you think you will benefit from joint counseling, go AFTER he successfully completes a batterer's intervention program and is no longer violent.
- Quick involvement- the perpetrator pushes for a commitment or major event to occur very early in the relationship.
- Isolation -the perpetrator begins asking you to spend less time with your friends and family and more time with him. You end up no longer maintaining close relationships with friends or family members.
- Suggestions for change- the perpetrator has lots of suggestions on how you can improve your appearance, behavior etc. You begin to make changes solely based on these suggestions.
- Controlling behaviors- the perpetrator influences your decisions on hobbies, activities, dress, friends, daily routines etc. You begin to make fewer and fewer decisions without the perpetrator's opinion or influence.
- Information gathering and pop-ins - the perpetrator wants to know the specific details of your day and rarely leaves you alone when you are not with him, such as when you are at work or out with friends.
- Any forms of abuse - the perpetrator may use name calling, intimidation, humiliation, shoving, pushing or other forms of abuse to get you to do whatever they want you to do.
These red flags may indicate that you are involved with a perpetrator of domestic violence. These red flags may occur early in the relationship and be explained by the perpetrator as caring or loving behaviors such as "I just check on you because I miss you" or "I just want what is best for you" or "I just want us to work on our relationship and spend more time together."