Violence and Abuse Essay

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Domestic Violence and Abuse SIGNS OF ABUSE AND ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPs Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available. Understanding domestic violence and abuse Women don’t have to live in fear: In the US: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). 
UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247. 
Canada: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-363-9010. 
Australia: call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732.
Worldwide: visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers. Male victims of abuse can call: ▪ U.S. and Canada: The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women ▪ UK: ManKind Initiative ▪ Australia: One in Three Campaign Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you. Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels.
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