The Implications of an Abusive Relationship Essay

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The Implications of an Abusive Relationship Partners trapped in an abusive relationship can suffer from many emotional, psychological, and physical problems. Abuse and control plague an overwhelming number of intimate domestic relationships. “Chronically abusive adult intimate relationships can have devastating effects” (Orzeck). Domestic violence is a global problem, and not something limited to the United States. Shockingly, “three quarters of cases of domestic violence result in physical injury or mental health consequences to women” (Gregory). In the United States alone, the prevalence of lifetime violence by a domestic partner varies from 1.6% in Washington, US, to 70% in Hispanic Latinas in the Southeast US (Alhabib). Domestic violence is the generally regarded as the single most common source of physical injury to women. Although largely ambiguous, in “The Story of an Hour”, Louise Mallard appears to have been the victim of some type of domestic conflict – whether physically, psychologically, or sexually abused by her husband, she ultimately finds joy and relief in the news of his death. During Louise Mallard’s mourning, she tells us that she “…knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her…” (Chopin) tells us of the lack of love that she felt in her marriage, and of the way her husband was to her. We can only assume that there were abusive factors that made her feel this way; the narration of Mallard’s inner thoughts by the author proclaims that “There would be no powerful will bending hers…” (Chopin). Violent relationships can trap both partners (Henning). In Henning’s article, demographics played the largest role in determining why and how partners remained in a violent or otherwise abusive relationship. Based on his findings, Henning writes that

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