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The Dangers of Domestic Violence
by Rose

Introduction
Many women suffer from complications of anxiety and depression. Sometimes we take these matters lightly and do not bother to ask the reason why women suffer depression or stress and anxiety. Based on research, every 9 seconds a woman is getting abused (Put your reference here). Domestic violence is an issue that is important to understand so that more victims, especially women, can receive the help that need in order to rid themselves of such relationships.

What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Victims of domestic violence can be anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Domestic abuse victims can be married, living together, or can be dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. The horrors of domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. Domestic violence consists of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame or wound someone (Domestic Violence). Most women believe the abuse is somehow their fault.

Different Types of Abuse
There are four main categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, and economic. First of all, physical abuse can be the easiest of the four types to spot because of th obvious nature of the clues. When a person is hit, slapped, beaten, burned, kicked, or stabbed, there are physical wounds that are noticeable. Not all physical abuse leaves a race. For example, if someone grabs your arms, shakes you violently, or pushes you, it may show on the outside. It is still definitely physical abuse. Sexual abuse is any form of touching, intercourse, or exploitation of the body. This includes taking pictures for sexual purposes, asking a partner to be intimate with someone else, and making sexual references to your boy. Being forced to touch or have sex with your boyfriend or girlfriend against your will is also sexual abuse. Emotional abuse is when someone threatens or humiliates you. This includes calling you names, putting you down, insulting your, or breaking your things. Control is a huge part of emotional abuse and involves chronic anger, jealousy, accusations, and distrust. Economic abuse is a for of abuse when one intimate partner has control over the other partner's access to economic resources. This diminishes the victim's capacity to support him or herself and forces him or her to depend on the perpetrator for financial security (Domestic Violence). You may wonder why a person would stay in a relationship when they have been abused. Some reasons women have given include: 1) because she is terrified that he will become more violent if she leaves; 2) that he may try to take or harm her children if she leaves; and 3) that she cannot make it on her own financially if she leaves. In many cases, the abuser may have threatened the woman's life. Certain women also may feel that divorce is wrong, that she can stop the abuse, or that abuse is temporary. In some cultures, the women may experience pressure from her family and/or religious community encouraging her to stay in the relationship. Since batterers often isolate victims, she might feel cut off from any social support or resources.

How Do I Know If Someone is a Victim of Domestic Violence? Among the more obvious signs of domestic violence is evidence of frequent bruises, broken bones, and physical attacks. Less obvious is evidence of emotional abuse or economic abuse. Tell-tale signs may be excessive jealousy, stalking, possessiveness on the part of the abuser, and fear of angering the man, on the part of...
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