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Violence Within Marriage

Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. was in private practice for more than thirty years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states ...Read More

6. At her age at the time, was a young person and more likely to be naive, vulnerable and easily manipulated. Naturally, this can be said of older people as well.

Keep in mind that she was aware that her husband was married and divorced, and had three of is own children.

What can she do now?

It makes sense for her to move away from her abusive husband so that she and the children can find safety. Recently, it was pointed out to me that many women cannot move  away because they lack money and other resources. While there may be truth to this, it is another and more dangerous truth. Too many women have been murdered in cases of domestic violence. Aside from the possibility of losing self control if under the influence of drugs and alcohol, men like these can, in a fit of rage, commit murder when they are completely sober.

What are your opinions about what this woman should do? I am sure she is looking forward to everyone’s advice. Because of the dangers in these types of cases, her email question is included under “Reader Questions.”

Allan N. Schwartz, PhD

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