Domestic Violence Essay

723 WordsDec 16, 20123 Pages
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Domestic violence is also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence. All this involves physical aggression or assault, including threats, like sexual abuse, emotional and control abuse, intimidation, stalking and in addition economic deprivation. Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be coupled with this abuse, although one does not necessarily leads to the other. Some research indicates that a large intake of alcohol can increase the user’s sense of personal power and domination over others. Physical abuse can result in physical injury to the victim. In this abuse, the victim is denied also from medical care. Some chronic health conditions have been linked to victims of domestic violence such as irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. Sexual abuse also known as molestation is a threat committed on the victim to obtain participation in sexual activity against their will. When the force is immediate, it is called sexual assault. People suffering from sexual abuse are normally unnoticed by the public in general as the victims are afraid or threatened not to reveal their abuse. Emotional abuse is just as cruel as any other abuse. Quite unseen, as even the victim does not recognize that she is being abused. Although emotional abuse does not leave black eyes or visible bruises, it is often more seriously damaging to one`s self-esteem. It gradually erodes the individual over months or even years. The victim may also feel the sense of guilt and is threatened by the abuser whom she meets, where she goes, what she does and so on and so forth. The victim can also be denied from their own family members. Most of the victims justify these actions by stating that it is a proof of love from their partner or spouse; which is scary. In Malta the Commission on domestic

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