Domestic Violence as a Weapon of War

Do you know what Russian Gaslighting is? Find out in this fascinating article by Rob Goldstein. Please, read on…

Art by Rob Goldstein

Children abused by narcissists learn to shut-up and agree

We learn to normalize the brutality of everyday life in an abusive family.

The US Department of Justice defines Domestic Violence as follows:

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.  US Department of Justice

We use the term gaslight  to discuss an insidious form of domestic violence.

The department of justice defines two critical elements of the pattern related to gaslighting:

Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

9 thoughts on “Domestic Violence as a Weapon of War”

  1. Really insightful post. I am also a survivor of abuse and noticed that Trump showed abusive tendencies in the way he treated Hillary during the election. Thank you for talking about these issues and helping to spread awareness. It’s the only the way for the cycle to end. Wish you the best – speak766


  2. That was really strong stuff John. I have this guy Andrew who tries all these intimidating, provocative, nit-picking, put-downs. He’s a messed up guy – very clever but strange. I ignore him.

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    1. Yes, it was strong stuff. I’ve seen comments like that – and that’s why the article made me sit up and take notice. Maybe Andrew isn’t so messed up as he seems. That stuff is diabolical! I agree it is best to ignore that stuff.

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    2. You are both right. The best way to deal with gaslighting is to tune it out and block the source. Be suspicious of ‘opinion’ passing as fact. People who play gaslight want you to think that their opinions are as valid as facts. They’re not. Thanks again for the re-blog!

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          1. I think that many people aren’t aware of this tactic – so they don’t recognize it for what it really is. This is why I thought it was important to share/reblog yesterday. I had never heard the term before myself.

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            1. Yes. Americans can’t comprehend that this was an an act of war because no buildings were brought down or cities destroyed. That’s the biggest gaslight of all.

              Putin considers psychological warfare a primary method of achieving his military goals.

              There was an excellent article on this in the February 2015 Economist.


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