I recently read a post by someone who said they had never been a victim of domestic violence. They however wanted to know what went on in the mind of a victim. So they decided to put themselves in a “victims shoes”. Frist let me say, this can’t be done. If you have never been a victim, you have no real idea of all that goes on in the head of someone who has. You have no idea of the turmoil, fear, and helplessness that a victim feels. While it is admirable to want to empathize and your empathy is welcome, you can’t just “take a walk in their shoes”.
So, let me tell you what goes on in the mind of a victim of domestic violence or in the mind of someone who is seeing the violence happen.
Fear. The waiting, the knowing that even if things are quiet…
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