Teen Domestic Violence

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Amanda Brett
Dr. Vasset
Eng102 1:30-2:45

Teen Domestic Violence: Necessary Intervention

For my assignment I chose to write about Domestic Violence in Teen-Dating relationships and initiating necessary intervention to help prevent future victims. Domestic violence is defined as an act of force or intimidation that can gravely damage the life, body, psychological integrity, or freedom of a person in a family or relationship. Although both males and females can experience violence, women or young girls are usually the primary victims. Women are vulnerable beings by nature, and their abusers take advantage of that.

Domestic violence not only involves physical abuse, but also involves mental and sexual abuse as well. All types of abuse have different but equally serious effects, and intervention is needed immediately to save victims from further harm. Preventing any form of domestic violence is an important issue and should not be taken lightly. Being a victim of mental abuse this issue speaks to me on a level that I can relate. I was not aware I was in a domestic violent relationship, I didn't understand exactly that verbal or mental abuse was a form of domestic violence until it progressed to a physical level then that's when I ended the relationship. I'm a logical and sensible person, so for me to not be aware I was in such a relationship I have to wonder; how many like me are in the same situation? In the United States, 33% of teens or young adults reported some kind of abuse and 12% reported physical abuse.

Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to create feelings of intimidation, pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm. This includes hitting, slapping, punching, choking, pushing, and other forms of contact that result in physical injury to the victim. It can also include behaviors such as denying the victim of medical care when needed, depriving the victim of sleep or other functions necessary to live, or forcing the victim to engage in drug-alcohol use against his or her will. It can also include inflicting physical injury onto others, such as children or pets, in order to cause psychological harm to the victim.

Sexual abuse is common in abusive teen relationships... The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that between one-third and one-half of all battered young women are raped by their partners at least once during their relationship. Any situation in which force is used to obtain participation in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity constitutes sexual abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom consensual sex has occurred, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, young women whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed. Categories of sexual abuse may include... A.) Use of physical force to convince a person to engage in a sexual act against his or her will, whether or not the act is completed; B.) Attempted or completed sexual intercourse involving a person who is unable to understand the intent condition of the act, and unable to refuse participation, or unable to communicate refusal to take part in the sexual act because of underage immaturity, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or any form of intimidation; and C.) Abusive sexual contact. mental abuse is defined as any behavior that threatens, intimidates, undermines the victim’s self-worth or self-esteem, and controls the victim’s freedom. This can include threatening the victim with injury or harm and public humiliation. Constant criticism, name-calling, and making statements that damage the victim’s self-esteem are also common forms of mental/emotional abuse. Often times the abuser would trap a victim in co-dependency, and threatens to leave the victim to invoke feelings of abandonment. Mental abuse may also include conflicting actions or statements which...
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