- Julie Johnston Ertz
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I did not know that the first step in any domestic violence relationship is to seduce and charm the victim. I also did not know that the second step is to isolate the victim. The next step in the domestic violence pattern is to introduce the threat of violence and see how she reacts. We victims know something you [non-victims] usually don’t. It’s incredibly dangerous to leave an abuser, because the final step in the domestic violence pattern is to ‘kill her’. Over 70% of domestic violence murders happens after the victim has ended the relationship.