Domestic violence, which includes psychological aggression, stalking and physical and sexual violence, occurs with intimate partners. This crime is responsible for up to 15% of all violent crimes.
Therefore, it is essential that those in relationships learn domestic violence prevention techniques. In addition to seeking counseling, partners should consider a few additional techniques.
Learn relationship skills
Many individuals do not have healthy relationship knowledge or skills. However, these individuals can learn how to build these partnerships. Both partners should pursue this knowledge together at the beginning of their relationship. These skills include conflict resolution techniques.
Relationships are partnerships. Therefore, the parties need to set boundaries. For example, each individual should also be in charge of any decision that involves or concerns them. The partners should discuss all financial decisions.
Build respect and trust
First, parties need to take responsibility for their actions. However, they should assume the best intentions of their counterparts. Honesty is the cornerstone of trust, and both parties should respect the other’s opinions, thoughts, feelings and rights.
Learn communication skills
Communication is vital to a healthy partnership or marriage. Not only do both individuals need to learn to express themselves honestly without physical or verbal attacks, but they also need to learn how to listen to their partners objectively.
Identify signs of abuse
Feelings do not always suggest abuse. However, there are definitive signs, including jealousy of time with friends, financial control, purposeful embarrassment or blame for challenges in the relationship or physical threats of violence.
To prevent domestic violence, individuals should learn what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like. They should build support systems of close friends and family members and get involved in the community. If they were previous victims, they should seek counseling and support groups.