Myths vs Realities of Domestic Violence by The Retreat

There are so many myths about domestic abuse.

Is domestic abuse something that should be kept in the family? Is it loss of control? Are abusers violent in all relationships? Inform yourself and learn about the reality behind these myths.

One in four women and one in seven men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Misconceptions about domestic abuse hinder people from seeking help.

Abuse comes in different forms, so misconceptions are prevalent. Inform yourself and learn the facts behind abusive situations.



Abuse can happen to anyone at any time. You don't have to face it alone. We are here to help.

You don’t deserve domestic violence nor do you have to face it alone. We are here to help you through it.

Take a test to find out if you are being abused.

Mi hijo quedó atrapado en el fuego cruzado. Casi le pegan y me dije, si no te vas a ir por ti, vete por tu hijo. Vendí mi anillo de compromiso para pagar a un abogado y conseguir una orden de protección, y nos fuimos a The Retreat, para empezar a sanar.

Superviviente anónimo

Tenía miedo de no poder vivir sin él. Pero una vez que se fue, me di cuenta de que podía mantener a mi familia. Estaba mejor sin él. Le dije que el día que te deje será para siempre.

Residente del refugio

Alguien le dijo una vez a mi hija que cuando un chico es malo contigo, significa que le gustas. Pero yo les digo que nunca hay un momento en el que alguien sea malo contigo es amor. Nunca. Nunca hay un momento en el que el hecho de que alguien te haga daño se traduzca en amor.

Superviviente anónimo

How to Support a Friend

How to Support a Friend

Encourage them to call The Retreat and let them know all services are free & confidential

Prevent domestic abuse through community education. Volunteer for our programs.

Ask “Are you okay?”
Remind them “This isn’t your fault.”
Document the abuse. Keep photos, screenshots, a journal, police reports, and hospital records.
Encourage your friend to seek help.
Listen and show support.
If you witness the abuse, speak up if you feel safe, and get help.