Cycles of Domestic Violence

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Have you ever heard of domestic violence? If so, did you ever wonder where it originated from? Most people automatically suspect that domestic violence is a one time action when a person gets angry and goes too far with their verbal or physical emotions. Domestic Violence isn't just hitting, or fighting, or an occasional mean argument. It's a chronic abuse of power. The abuser tortures and controls the victim by calculated threats, intimidation, and physical violence. Actual physical violence is often the end result of months or years of intimidation and control. According to Newton, the “Mental Health Journal,” a better definition of domestic violence is emotional abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse between people who have at some time had an intimate or family relationship. Though the definition above clearly states "adult", there is a recent trend for states to adopt legal definitions of domestic violence that include violence toward children. More than half of states now mention children in their domestic violence laws. There are always two sides to a story and almost every time you ask a domestic violence victim they will say that their partner had never been abusive before that moment. I have learned over time that this is only true on seldom occasions. Because of this conclusion I believe that domestic violence is a growing trend.

First you have the abuser who almost always claims to have had some mental break down or an excuse of alcohol or drugs being involved causing the rage, emotional, and physical abuse. Most abusers normally learn their violent actions and behaviors from someone close to them. Rather it is a parent, uncle, aunt, cousin, grandparent, or even guardian it’s always the same trends that they pick up on. First they learn to manipulate their victim by breaking the person down mentally. Once they have the victim feeling worthless they then make the victim dependent on them by steering the victim away from friends, family, and...
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