Though it may not seem like it, chances are that you know someone that is a victim of abuse. It could be your friend, neighbor, teacher, or even a relative. In my opinion Domestic abuse is one of the biggest problems facing America today, yet it is one that has had little or no coverage over the years. Many people believe that it is confined to only a small percentage of the population, that it pertains mainly to one race, or that it affects only a certain area on the economic ladder, however this is not true. Domestic Violence can affect anyone, regardless of economic status, race, gender, or nationality. The problem is, how do you confront one of the nations biggest problem.
What is Domestic Violence? Are there different types?, who can it involve? Domestic Violence is more than just hitting your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/ husband. It can include emotional, and sexual abuse. It can also be against anyone, not just your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend, it can be against a neighbor, friend, children, relative, even a co-worker. Domestic Violence is define as a “pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over another.” There are three main types of Domestic Violence, Physical abuse, Emotional abuse, and Sexual abuse.
Physical abuse is the most common type of Domestic Violence. It includes: pushing, punching, biting, kicking, or choking you. Damaging property (throwing objects, punching holes in walls, kicking down doors.). Forcing you to leave your home, preventing you from seeing your children or seeking medical help. Preventing you from leaving your home, even abandoning you in dangerous or unfamiliar places count as physical abuse. Four million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period. As bad as it sounds, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The second most common form of Domestic Violence is...
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