Women’s groups are reporting dramatic increases in domestic abuse across the country; the increase is thought to be correlated with the rise in economic stress. When money gets tight couples tend to argue as they feel more strain and fear about their future.
More cases of domestic violence occur around the holidays. Greater access to technology is also thought to be a factor in DV because it is easier for partners to screen communication:
But domestic violence is also committed by affluent and well connected individuals. We reported earlier that Hugh Hefner's son, Marston, allegedly beat his Playmate girlfriend and that Jaleel White's ex-girlfriend is claiming that he pushed her around.
Now a top Google executive's brother has found himself in a similar predicament. Marissa Mayer's brother, Mason, is accused of three felonies- assault, false imprisonment, and domestic violence after he allegedly brutalized his girlfriend after they left a social engagement in San Francisco.
The details of the alleged attack paint a fairly horrific picture: According to a police affidavit Mason went ape s&*% on his girlfriend, Kelly Ann Trent, and slammed her head on the ground, pulled her hair, ripped out her eyelashes, and spit on her while she tried to shield herself from his blows on the ground.
If you or someone you know is unsure about whether or not they are in an abusive relationship here are some signs and symptoms to consider:
Are you fearful of your partner a large percentage of the time?
Do you avoid certain topics or spend a lot of time figuring out how to talk about certain topics so that you do not arouse your partner’s negative reaction or anger?
Do you ever feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?
Do you ever feel so badly about yourself that you think you deserve to be physically hurt?
Have you lost the love and respect that you once had for your partner?
Do you sometimes wonder if you are the one who is crazy, that maybe you are overreacting to your partner’s behaviors?
Do you sometimes fantasize about ways to kill your partner to get them out of your life?
Are you afraid that your partner may try to kill you?
Are you afraid that your partner will try to take your children away from you?
Do you feel that there is nowhere to turn for help?
Are you feeling emotionally numb?
Were you abused as a child, or did you grow up with domestic violence in the household?
Does domestic violence seem normal to you?
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can get help here.