Though Sir can't speak for all men, he believes his own abusive behavior was triggered by his past. "Kids are precious—they record everything," he says. "I grew up in an abusive household, so I didn't know how to verbally communicate with my wife without putting her down. I didn't know how to verbally disagree with her and say, 'We don't see eye to eye,' and be okay with that."

Does Sir believe that every man who hits a woman once will hit her again? "I say yes because I hit [Christy] more than once—there was a second occasion, there was a third," he says. "Do I think it's a cycle that can be stopped? Yes."


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