Domestic Violence: Impact of Abuse in Dating Relationships
Domestic Violence or physical and psychological violence used to dominate another is very common. It occurs in all cultures people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes and classes can be perpetrators of domestic violence. Unfortunately violence affects many early in their lives impacting unmarried couples. Statistics show 1 and 3 young people experience violence while dating. Violence in dating relationships can begin as early as grade school, affect both sexes and escalate with increased emotional involvement. Understanding dating violence among adolescents is particularly important. If left undetected and untreated, early patterns of abuse can set the stage for future relationships and marriage. Unfortunately, there are many psychological and social factors that cause people to remain in these relationships despite the harm that it causes both emotionally and physically. Violence in relationships is very common amongst high-school students and adults in or not attending college. Alcohol and drugs such as Rophynol increase this risk of abuse in dating relationships and the likelihood of a date rape occurring. Although there various warning signs of a potential abusive relationship, such as jealousy, explosive temper and possessiveness, many people still succumb to the various forms of dating abuse. Abuse can come in many forms -- verbal, physical, sexual or emotional. Many abusive relationships have more than one type of abuse. Physical abuse includes such things as: hitting, slapping, punching, shoving, kicking, biting, and hair-pulling. It also includes the use of a weapon, such as a club, knife, or gun, against a boyfriend or girlfriend. Both teenage boys and teenage girls report being victims of physical violence in relationships. Typically, however, teenage boys and teenage girls use physical force for different reasons and with different results. While both...
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