Talk About “Identifying Warning Signs for Violence in Romantic Partners” on “Healing Talk” radio show.
This week’s Talk Radio Topic is “Identifying Warning Signs for Violence in Romantic Partners” on Planetary Streams Talk Radio.
Salem, UT – January 26, 2011 – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Recovery Specialist, and host of “Healing Talk” radio show, will be discussing “Identifying Warning Signs for Violence in Romantic Partners” on “Healing Talk” radio show. Healing Talk broadcasts locally every Wednesday on Utah’s KSTAR 1400 AM and globally throughout the following week, starting on Saturday at 11 a.m. Mountain Time on Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network, and Web Campus World Wide Talk Radio.
According to Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Recovery Specialist, and owner of Salem Counseling Center, domestic violence is extremely widespread. In telephone surveys, 30 percent of women indicate they have been physically assaulted by a romantic partner. Similar surveys estimate that around 8 percent of women in the U.S. are currently in a violent relationship.
Unfortunately, many women remain remarkably unaware of classic warning signs and personality traits that are related to abusive behavior. Large research and treatment projects, such as the Duluth Project on Domestic Violence, have created characteristics profiles of violence perpetrators. Although violent partners can come from any culture, income level and race, violence perpetrators most often have specific personality traits in common. A high percentage of perpetrators of violence have personality disorders, typically narcissistic or antisocial personality disorders. They are often jealous, manipulative, lacking in empathy, and act superior or entitled. Characteristics of these disorders can be identified by someone who has been taught what to look for.
Some abusive individuals, particularly narcissistic personalities can be adept at looking polished in public, and their characteristics may not come to the surface until the dating relationship has been ongoing for a while. However, it is not uncommon for more subtle manipulative, self-serving and controlling behavior to occur early in the relationship.
Addiction is obviously a huge risk, as addiction typically leads to selfishness, narcissism, manipulation and lying. Addiction creates the same personality characteristics that are most associated with abuse.
Dissociated anger patterns can be particularly difficult to identify, as a man with this pattern can present himself as caring, affectionate and fun until something triggers his anger. Individuals with this pattern are sometimes able to completely repress their anger until after they have married their partner. Even when the anger is demonstrated, individuals with abusive anger patterns are often adept at projecting blame onto the partner, and convincing the partner that it is “her fault” that he got angry.
Some other common warning signs, such as jealousy, threatening other potential competitors, and “macho” posturing are overlooked by many women who mistakenly believe these are evidences that the man will protect them and keep them safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Three out of four women who report being physically or sexually assaulted after age 18 report they were assaulted by a domestic partner, not by a strangers or “mugger”. Many abusive relationships could be avoided if more women were aware of obvious signs and attitudes that lead to domestic violence.
About “Healing Talk” Radio Show: The “Healing Talk” Radio Show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, LPC, Trauma Recovery Specialist and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, Utah. Listen LIVE every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM. Listen to internet replay every Saturday at 11 a.m. Mountain Time with the previous week’s show repeating daily at 11 am on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit the website, http://www.dianahoffman.com or the radio blog, http://healingtalkradio.wordpress.com