Understanding Victims of Abuse Can Help Save Them Essay

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Understanding Victims of Abuse Can Help Save Them By Loretta Jackson Baker College Online 18 December 2013 Abuse can be both physical and emotional and there are many signs to detect both. We all should become aware of those signs because it could lead to saving our life or someone else’s. A person could be going through years of suffering in an abusive relationship and it goes undetected because they and those around them are not able to identify the signs. In relationships people experience both good times and bad times. Some of those bad experiences can be as bad as abuse (physical or emotional). Some of us may think “if I was in an abusive relationship, I would quickly end that relationship”. Whereas, there are people out there who stay in that abusive relationship. Some people will be quick to say that maybe that person chooses to stay rather than leave the situation. But, we actually do not know for sure what makes that person stay. As mentioned earlier, abuse could be physical or emotional and depending on the type of abuse a person is experiencing and that individual’s mental state, will help determine why they are still in that relationship. According to New Hampshire state legislator Mark Warden, "Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It's a love-hate relationship. It's very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her." (Craig Malkin, 2013) When attempting to help a victim of abuse, it is important to recognize that the victim's self-esteem is often low due to the continued physical and emotional abuse. Also, the victim may perceive their abuser as their main source of love and affection, not to mention financial stability. It is important to help the victim understand that they are not to blame for the abuse and do not
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