Essay on Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence — also called domestic abuse, battering or intimate partner violence — occurs between people in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse and threats of abuse. Men are sometimes abused by partners, but domestic violence is most often directed toward women. Domestic violence can happen in heterosexual or same sex relationships. It might not be easy to identify domestic violence at first. While some relationships are clearly abusive from the outset, abuse often starts subtly and gets worse over time. You might be experiencing domestic violence if you're in a relationship with someone who: •Calls you names, insults you or puts you down

Prevents you from going to work or school
Stops you from seeing family members or friends
Tries to control how you spend money, where you go, what medicines you take or what you wear •Acts jealous or possessive or constantly accuses you of being unfaithful •Gets angry when drinking alcohol or using drugs

Threatens you with violence or a weapon
Hits, kicks, shoves, slaps, chokes or otherwise hurts you, your children or your pets •Forces you to have sex or engage in sexual acts against your will •Blames you for his or her violent behavior or tells you that you deserve it •Portrays the violence as mutual and consensual

The longer you stay in an abusive relationship, the greater the toll on your self-esteem. You might become depressed and anxious. You might begin to doubt your ability to take care of yourself or wonder if the abuse is your fault. You might feel helpless or paralyzed. If you're an older woman who has health problems, you might feel dependent upon an abusive partner. If you're in a same sex relationship, you might be less likely to seek help after an assault if you don't want to disclose your sexual orientation. If you've been sexually assaulted by another woman, you might also fear that you won't be believed....
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