Minimization, Denial and Blame

Minimization, denial and blame undermines the credibility and reality of battered/abused individuals. By making light of, denying responsibility for, or blaming the victim for their actions, the batterer creates an environment in which the victim’s feelings, thoughts or needs are ignored and devalued. Has or does your partner:

  • say he/she wouldn’t hit you if you hadn’t made him/her angry
  • say the abuse never happened or that it was no big deal
  • say you deserve it