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Gabby Petito Case Showed All The Warning Signs of Domestic Violence--Why Do We Keep Missing Them?
Dr. Noelle Nelson says that the warning signs that lead up to the violence are there in almost every violent relationship, long before the violence begins.
"Domestic violence rarely erupts out of a void. It is almost invariably preceded by a series of identifiable behaviors which, because they are not seen initially as detrimental, are not recognized for the abuse they truly are," says Nelson.
Nelson says that the warning signs that lead up to the violence are there in almost every violent relationship, long before the violence begins. "It starts with a passionate whirlwind early on--situations where the batterer seeks to control and dominate the victim," she explains. "A pattern of blaming the victim for everything and verbal abuse follows. Finally, the violence starts."
If women (and men) are aware of these warning signs, Nelson says they can get out of potentially violent relationships before the violence escalates.
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"Whether you're shoved, hit or beaten, you don't want to believe what's happening," says Nelson. "You minimize, deny or make it your fault, only to be shoved, hit or beaten again and again."
These warning signs are just that, warning signs. "A warning label on a medicine bottle doesn't mean you will suffer the side effects, just as the presence of a warning sign in a relationship doesn't mean it will develop into a violent domestic relationship,"