Victims often make up excuses for the abusers' violent behavior, often blaming themselves.
Most violence in the home follows a pattern: the abuser grows more tense and irritable until some event triggers the violence.
Of those, 57-percent have dealt with victims, 27-percent of principals disciplined the perpetrators.
Write down the officers' names and keep them advised if you are not going to remain in your home.
Law enforcement will write up a report and forward it to the county or district attorney who will then decide whether to file criminal charges against your abuser.
If you want to leave your home, law enforcement will generally stay with you while you pack your belongings.
They may also transport you to a hospital or a safe place.