Folks today I would like to talk about domestic violence and mental health. There is a general consensus that people with mental health are perpetrators of domestic abuse. The media has done nothing but exacerbate this theory. I must confess there has been incidents when some awful things have happened and it turns out that the person had a diagnosis. However one thing the media has failed to do is to talk about people with mental health issues can also be the victim in the relationship. I have spoken to so many men with mental illness in this kind of situations whereby they are victims of domestic violence.
Research have shown 1 in 4 women suffers domestic violence and 1 in 6 men too. Research have also shown the correlation between domestic violence and onset and worsening of mental health issues on the victims. People with a diagnosis of mental health issues especially depression suffer a great deal in domestic abuse. This is exacerbated by the perpetrators making the victim feel worthless and this make the victim mood down spiral which in turn affect their self worth and dignity. Most victims of domestic violence put up with abusive relationship because of fear of rejection coupled with mental health stigma which is very prevalent in our society.
Folks a diagnosis of mental health issues is not a license for the perpetrators of domestic violence to violate or abuse their victims. I would like to urge folks reading this post to stand up tall and fight against domestic violence. Always remember mental health issues diagnosis is a label not who you are. You are an extraordinary and exceptional being. Don't let your dignity or self worth be compromised for you are unique and special. Don't stay in an abusive relationship for you deserve better. There are nice and kind people out there that will love you the way you are irrespective of your label or diagnosis.