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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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What kind of person abuses his partner?

People who abuse their partners come from every part of society. They can seem like good neighbours, co-workers, friends, partners, or parents. But they might believe that they have a right to hit and control their partners. They might also be very jealous and possessive.

Abusers often blame their partner for their actions or make excuses, such as feeling under pressure at work. Some abusers think that violence is an acceptable way to deal with anger.

They might feel guilty when they see the damage or injuries they have caused. This does not excuse them for what they have done or stop them from doing it again. When they are not being abusive, or are in front of others, they can be very loving and caring.

Changing their behaviour

Some people change their abusive behaviour after going through the criminal system and getting professional help. They might attend the PAR program, for example.

Changing their behaviour depends very much on their ability to understand that they have a problem and being willing to change.