If They Hit Me Once, Will They Hit Me Again?
Sometimes, men who batter women only do it one time; but, more often the battering becomes more severe and more frequent. There may be many promises made by the man who batters, never to abuse her again, and the woman may threaten to break off the relationship if it ever happens again. “Actions speak louder than words”. If the woman does not follow through on her threat to end the relationship, it is viewed by the man who batters as a “bluff”. Her threats become meaningless – her continued presence says to him that it’s okay to continue the violence.