Domestic Violence Informative Outline

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Domestic Violence

INTRODUCITON:

GAIN AUDIENCE ATTENTION: Open with "domestic violence video" via Prezi.

According to statistics found by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Every nine seconds a woman is abused by her husband or intimate partner. At least 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 9 men have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime. Most often the abuser is one of their own family. Domestic violence is a problem that somehow affects every one of us in this room at some time and is actually the leading cause of injury to women -- more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

RELATE TOPIC TO AUDIENCE: As I mentioned, domestic violence is something that affects everyone of us at some time in our lives; because of this I have done extensive research over this topic and hope to share some of the startling and disturbing information about domestic violence with you today.

MAIN POINTS: In order to better understand the crime of domestic violence, we are going to look at exactly what domestic violence is, some predictors of domestic violence, and what can be done to eradicate it.

BODY:

MAIN POINT 1: Let's explore what exactly domestic violence is. ·Domesticviolence.org Defines Domestic Violence and emotional abuse as behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control, gain or maintain power over the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.

-- As defined by the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition, the word "domestic" means "of or pertaining to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family"
-- Using Lawfirms.com as a source, The law states that in most places domestic violence is not limited to individuals on a romatic basis and abuse can still be considered domestic even if the individuals do not still live together. ·There are many different types of abuse.

-- CRIMINAL: Violence includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), stalking and sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity).
-- Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
-- Examples of these types of abuse:
-- Monitors what you're doing all the time
-- Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family
-- Tries to stop you from going to work or school
-- Controls how you spend your money
-- Humiliates you in front of others
-- Threatens to harm himself or herself when upset with you
-- Says things like, "If I can't have you then no one can."
--Decides things for you that you should decide (like what to wear or eat) ·ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected.

--Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.

TRANSITION: Many times domestic violence is preceded by signs that may serve as clues to potential abuse.

MAIN POINT 2: Indicators are signs or clues that abuse has occurred. Physical indicators may include injuries or bruises, while behavioral indicators are ways victims and abusers act or interact with each other. Indicators may be explained by other causes and no single indicator can be taken as conclusive proof. ·Physical indicators

-- Sprains, dislocations, fractures, or broken bones
-- Burns EX: cigarettes, appliances, or hot water
-- Abrasions
-- Internal injuries evidenced by pain, difficulty with normal functioning of organs, and bleeding from body orifices
-- and Bruises. The following types of bruises are rarely accidental:
-- Bilateral bruising to the arms...
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