Batterers – The Facts
- Batterers come from all walks of life. Much like victims, you cannot identify a batterer by where he or she lives, or what he or she does for a living.
- Battering is learned behavior. Batterers tend to be people who have experienced violence in their families of origin.
- Battering is not gender-specific. While women are primarily the victims of intimate partner violence in the U.S., that is not to say that men are not victims, or that women cannot be batterers.
- Battering doesn't stop when the victim leaves. Most batterers will abuse multiple partners. Unless the batterer is dealt with, and unless the behavior changes, more people will get hurt. Protecting victims is important, but it isn't enough.
- Battering leads to death. A 2001 study found that perpetrators of deadly domestic violence had several common characteristics including extreme jealousy and possessiveness, stalking, and hitting victims at least once before the death occurred. And they had all used violence with a previous partner. Sadly, everyone close to the victim and perpetrator knew something was very wrong in the relationship but did not intervene.
- Batterers work for you. It is statistically likely that if you employ victims of partner violence, you have batterers as employees as well.