Domestic Violence Uncovered Domestic violence is an unfortunate circumstance that can happen in any relationship. Unfortunately, it tends to be over looked and minimized as typical relationship problems. Domestic violence comes in many forms from psychological to physical. The main issue today is lack of awareness and resources that can help individuals free themselves from these horrible circumstances. Many organizations are being formed and laws are being made to protect victims.
This dependence, usually in combination with one or more other variables, can leave the elder vulnerable to abuse. This abuse is a silent epidemic, affecting tens of thousands of aging seniors every year. They depend on others to help them, but often they become vulnerable to abuse from family members,
There are many things in today’s society that go overlooked, and child abuse is one of those things. Child abuse, in my opinion is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in non-accidental injury, harm or death that cannot be logically explained. Some children go weeks, months, years being abused. They have no way out and are scared to confide in the people around them for
I felt such sadness and concern for her, but I was unsure of what to do. This situation is what inspired my topic. There are many things that disturb me about how elderly people are treated. I find it incredibly appalling when I hear stories about elderly people who were brushed aside in our health care system when they needed surgery because a younger, healthier person needed to have a procedure done. My grandmother was once told by a physician that she must not want to go through the hassle of heart surgery “at her age”, as if there was little to no point in her having it done.
Why is Domestic Violence so Prevalent in our Society? Abstract Domestic violence is a huge problem in the United States and other countries as well. Rasmussen, Hughes and Murray (2008) suggest that domestic violence result in more than two million injuries to women annually and needing medical attention. Domestic violence can happen to anyone but women are usually targeted and most often the abuse is overlooked, excused or denied. It is also one of the most under reported crimes that occur and the statistics only indicate individuals that finally have the courage to come forward to report that they have been abused.
When daily demands of caring for adults, whether they are elderly, have a mental or physical illness, or have substance abuse problems, are thrust onto a carer who has not received the correct training for the job, they will become frustrated, angry, tired or worn down by the demands of the job and this can lead to abusive behaviours by the care giver. Without correct training care givers may be unaware of available resources and assistance, if they have no training for managing people with difficult behaviours they may use physical force, which may be unintentional but in many cases it may be deliberate. A caregiver may also be under stress because they are not getting enough support from colleagues, or working in poor conditions, or someone may simply be unsuited to be a caregiver, making the caregiver become burned out, impatient and unable to keep from lashing out at the person they are caring
It is easy to understand why a person feels as if they wouldn’t receive any benefits from seeing a doctor or psychologist. If a person does decide to seek help from a professional there is a possibility that they can be misdiagnosed. Many times a person with an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed with manic depression, schizophrenia, or personality disorder. This is because social anxiety is not well understood by the general public, medical or health care
There seems to be a misconception when it comes to older foster children, some of them do have emotional problems but when we look around us, with open eyes we will notice that many people have some type of emotional problem, they just are not labeled. Being moved from house to house is a very upsetting thing. If the child and foster parent cannot communicate it can cause distrust and placement issues (Crum, 2010, p. 1par 3). Many of the kids come from a neglected or abused home life so stability would be relief. The longer one is in foster care the harder it is to adjust unless you are in one home.
However, one cannot numb painful memories without also numbing joyful memories. One must suppress all feelings in order to numb painful feelings. People with PTSD often avoid even pleasant activities, including those that were pleasurable before the trauma-such as travel, babies, hobbies or relaxation." (Glenn R. Schiraldi, 2009, p. 10) Often times, people with PTSD feel disconnected from others. They feel as though they cannot relate to others because they are different and no one will understand what they are feeling or going through.
This evidence proves that elder abuse is increasing in Canada. “For those over 65, 47 out of every 100,000 women were violently assaulted by a family member, according to 2005 statistics. For men over the age of 65, the figure was 36 cases per 100,000” (Walsh et al., 2011, p.20). This evidence demonstrates that more senior women are being abused than senior men. The most common perpetrators of elder abuse were “adult children (15 per 100,000 cases) or a current or former spouse (13 per 100,000)” in 2009 (Walsh et al., 2011, p.20).