Domestic Violence and Abuse

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic Violence is one of the most occurring situations found in the United States. This form of violence, also known as spousal abuse, happens within a relationship that is intimate or within a marriage. This particular issue seems to be found to affect women more often than men in varying ways such as injury or even death. Some of the injuries found in domestic violence cases are the head, neck, chest, face, breast, and abdomen, which are the most frequently injured. Many people believe that domestic violence is something that pertains to physical damage, but it has more of a psychological affect. The emotional aspect of domestic violence seems to be overlooked because one’s idea may vary from another’s in regards to how the situation should be handled. Many overlook the idea of men being victims to domestic violence because of the mindset and stereotype that society has created. Domestic violence does not target any individual based on size, gender, or strength, which leads to cases being unable to resolve. The way domestic violence is carried out is that the abuser uses different techniques, such as guilt, fear, or embarrassment to maintain complete control over the victim. When the situation becomes physically based and physical altercations are conducted, that’s when the situation is recognized as domestic violence. The best way to ensure that domestic violence comes to a stop would be to leave immediately after the first sign is identified.

The question that comes to mind is what is domestic violence and abuse? What causes domestic violence? How often does domestic violence occur? Domestic violence can be found anywhere in the world in this day and time. “Domestic violence is one of the most common causes of injury to women in the United States. The head, face, neck, chest, breasts, and abdomen are the areas most frequently injured. After battering starts, it usually continues and is likely to increase in severity if left untreated.” (WebMD, 2008) Many people believe that domestic violence is a crime that only men can commit, but that is not a fact and it is not true. Men, in some cases, are found to be victims in some situations which lead to injuries. “Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. “ (Smith & Segal, 2011) Domestic violence is a crime that has no type, it just desires the need to maintain control over the individual. “Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you.” (Smith & Segal, 2011) Domestic violence seems to be more of a physical aspect when cases are introduced or mentioned in the news, but it does not just involve physical harm to the victims. Abuse of this sort affects ones mind as well. As mentioned in the article by Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., “ …This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars.” (Smith & Segal, 2011) The only way an abuser can take advantage of the victim would be to control the individuals mind, which makes the abuser seem more powerful and in control. An individual seems to feel more of an internal pain, which could lead to more serious problems such as depression and/or suicide. “Only recently recognized as a major public health issue, domestic violence has a long, dark past and is firmly entrenched in many societies. Although domestic violence usually includes violent attacks, it is not limited to physical acts of violence, but may include psychological, economic, and sexual abuse as well as attempts to isolate the partner.” (Wadman, 2007) Many abusers turn to these tactics because those were the only ways they knew of to ensure that they maintain power. Many of these domestic...
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