The very thought of domestic violence is chilling. It is something that should never happen. And yet it does, in many homes, in all social classes, with varying frequency. My questions here are very difficult ones- does a single act of violence signal the end of a marriage? Should it? What does a couple need to do to be able to go beyond it? Can they? Is physical violence more demeaning than verbal violence that goes on and on, destroying the victim’s self -esteem? There are so many many questions, and no simple answers. So much depends on the earlier nature of the relationship, the perpetrator’s genuine remorse and horror at his act, the victim’s own assessment of the situation.
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