“Abusive Partner” VS. “Abusive Relationship” – Why the Distinction Matters
posted on November 13, 2017
“It’s Not Your Relationship That’s Abusive, It’s Your Partner. Here’s Why That Distinction Matters.”
Here is what someone who has experienced abuse from their partner has to say about the importance of using the term “abusive partner,” instead of “abusive relationship.”
- “Partner” keeps the blame focused on the abuser
- “Partner” takes the blame off of the survivor
- “Partner” implies that the relationship involves a survivor and an abuser.
- “Relationship” misdirects how abuse can be solved
- “Partner” adds strength to the survivor in everyday language
“Using the word ‘partner’ instead of ‘relationship’ may seem like a small, petty thing, but its necessity shows how ingrained our societal beliefs are when it comes to who’s at fault in an abusive situation.”
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