The Psychology of Trauma

Domestic Violence

What is traumatic bonding?

Traumatic bonding is another concept that helps us understand the power of the battering relationship. When people are under extreme stress, there is an intensified need to form powerful emotional bonds with other people. For example, soldiers in battle often form lifelong ties to other soldiers in their unit. Because of the acute trauma of the battering relationship, the victim also feels an intensified need for social bonds. But because of the victims’ social isolation, they have no one to turn to besides their batterers. In this way, victims develop great emotional dependency on the very person who is causing them such pain.


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