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Five Reasons People Abuse Their Partners

Domestic violence is not a problem in every relationship but it does happen. Whether your the one being abused or you are a loved one of someone who is being abused, it is hard to understand why the abuser would do such a thing. Abusive relationships are extremely dangerous and it is important to figure out a safe way to leave the relationship. Here are five reasons why someone may act in an abusive manor. 

  1. Difficulty tolerating injury
  2. Entitlement 
  3. Lack of empathy 
  4. Lack of accountability 
  5. Unaddressed trauma 

Click here to learn more about why these may lead to someone being abusive. 


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.