How Common Is Domestic Violence in Today's Time

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Cases of domestic violence are slowly increasing in the United States. As the years pass by, domestic violence is beginning to become more common. One in four women living in the United States has experienced some type of domestic violence in their lifetime. About three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence has no age limit but it is most common with women between the ages of 20 through 24. Most women who are in an abusive relationship ignore the first signs that their partner may be abusive. Domestic violence is the act of violence or abuse against a person living in one’s household, especially a member of one’s immediate family. “Domestic violence is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner” (2). Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior. Once the violence has begun it is likely to continue. “Abuse is not anger out of control, but rather the use of coercive behaviors to control another” (2). There are five types of abuse that deals with domestic violence. Physical abuse that is the use of force to seriously injure someone. A weapon is not necessarily needed to physical abuse someone. Anytime a person puts his or her hands on someone to conflict pain it is known as physical abuse. Sexual abuse is any form of sexual behavior without a person’s interest. If a person is being forced to have sex under his or her will, it is known as sexual abuse. Emotional abuse could include a specific individual using words to control and alter ones action and feelings. Talking down on someone all the time could be an example of emotional abuse. Abusing someone physically or sexually could be an example of emotionally abuse. Emotional abuse could lead the victim to feel insecure about their self, often isolating him or herself from the world, and could
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