I recently had the opportunity to meet with representatives of The Center for Violence Prevention located in the Jackson, MS area. This Center is a non profit organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic abuse. They also offer counseling to perpetrators of abuse. Part of our discussion dealt with why victims of abuse simply don’t leave. This is a complicated issue. One reasonable explanation of course is that the perpetrator makes the victim fear that leaving is more dangerous than staying. The counselors informed me that the average victim attempts to leave seven times before finally completing the act of separation. This means victims are often caught in this cycle for very long periods of time. Listed below are some characteristics of abusers:
  • Extreme Jealousy
  • Controlling behavior
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Isolates the victim
  • Blames others
  • Minimizes or denies abuse
  • Cruelty to children or animals
  • Uses force during sex
  • Verbally Abusive
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Past history of battering
  • Threats of violence
  • Breaks or strikes objects
My professional experience is that the abusive personality is often concealed from outsiders by a charismatic personality. Abusers are manipulators and they can change their personality at will.

The Center may be contacted at 601-665-2950.
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