Abusers intimidating animals
Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control.One reason for this is that individuals who witness abuse or other violence become desensitized to it.Research shows that the more often someone is exposed to a certain situation, the more comfortable that person becomes with it.However, violence and control always intensifies over time with an abuser, despite the apologies.What may start out as something that was first believed to be harmless (e.g., wanting the victim to spend all their time only with them because they love them so much) escalates into extreme control and abuse (e.g., threatening to kill or hurt the victim or others if they speak to family, friends, etc.).In fact, the victim is often in the most danger directly following the escape of the relationship or when they seek help: 1/5 of homicide victims with restraining orders are murdered within two days of obtaining the order; 1/3 are murdered within the first month.2 Unfair blame is frequently put upon the victim of abuse because of assumptions that victims choose to stay in abusive relationships.
The Boston Street Animal Hospital is still open, but the accused veterinarian no longer works there, and investigators say their could be more victims.It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.It is a stomach-turning betrayal, that has some pet owners stunned. I was pretty shocked to find out,” said one pet owner.Detectives say Burbelo physically attacked some of his pet patients.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.