Domestic Violence Essay

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Domestic Violence Misty Speights Psychology241-800 April 3, 2013 Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. There are several forms of this abuse. These forms include Physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional/psychological/verbal abuse, and economic abuse. Physical abuse includes pushing, shoving, grabbing, slapping, punching, and restraining among other acts. It also includes physical intimidation, such as the blocking of doors and the throwing of objects. It also includes the use of weapons and stalking. Sexual abuse includes attacks on the sexual parts of the body, forced sexual activities, pressure to have sex, and rape. Forms of emotional/psychological/verbal abuse include threats and coercive tactics, controlling what your partner can and cannot do, undermining a victim’s self-worth and self-esteem, humiliation and denigration, threatening to kill a victim’s pet, isolating the victim from family and friends, blaming the abuse on the victim, interrogating the victim and their children, and name-calling and yelling. Forms of financial abuse include maintaining control over finances, withholding access to money, making the victim financially dependent, and not allowing the victim to go to school or work. Domestic violence is a wide spread problem that effects many people. Although, studies suggest that 85% of all domestic violence cases happen to women, domestic violence affects many different groups. These groups include individuals with disabilities, women, children, gay individuals, and individuals later in life. In the case of children, most are just exposed to physical violence. This exposure is associated with problems later in life. A 20- year prospective study conducted on 543 children found that exposure

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