Sadly, this did not surprise me.
“Around one in five adults aged 16 to 59 (an estimated 6.2 million people) had experienced some form of abuse as a child, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) for the year ending March 2016.
But the impact of what is often a hidden crime does not always end there.
A higher proportion of survivors of child abuse went on to experience domestic abuse in adulthood, compared with those who suffered no childhood abuse.”
It makes sense actually. Being abused as a child completely skews the way a survivor views the world, their place in it, and their relationship to other people in it. Not having a healthy understanding of self, leads to many, many problems as we try and navigate the adult world. Domestic violence, is right up there with mental health problems, addiction, sexual problems and many other things that we need to learn later in life.
They can, however, be learned, and it’s important to help survivors both understand that, and get help learning!