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Why Does the Perpetrator of Domestic Abuse Often Threaten Suicide?  

Author:  Nyana Sabharwal.

Source: Volume 24, Number 06, August/September 2019 , pp.87-88(2)

Domestic Violence Report

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This article addresses one aspect of domestic violence that is commonly misunderstood: why does the perpetrator of domestic violence often threaten to die by suicide? This question is addressed in the context of two stories below involving two different women—Sharon and Abha. Both women are victims of domestic violence who were abused, threatened, and controlled by their intimate partners. In the end, Sharon’s abuser Frank died by suicide and Abha’s husband, Rajat, threatened suicide.

Keywords: Need of the abuser to control spousal affection; control to avoid abandonment; Control and Shame

Affiliations:  1: Center for Suicide Prevention (Mumbai).

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