An Definition Of Domestic Violence Essay

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The definition of domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a multiple or single incidence of abusive behavior that uses oppression, threats, isolation, and fear that often results in psychological and/or emotional trauma. Intimate partner violence is not a specific gender issue; a common assumption is that victims of abusive relationships are only women, which is a false belief. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 men have experience some type of psychological and/or physical violence by their partner (2014). Partner abuse, or domestic violence is a big social problem in the United States. Alone in Texas, the NCADV reported that there were 76,704 victims of abuse by current or former spouses. They also reported 114 Texan women were killed by their partners. This is more than 10% of the national total (2015). No matter the age, gender or race, everyone is exposed to this threat. A recent report by the NCADV also reveals that 75% of Texans ranging from 16 to 24-year-olds have experienced violence by their partners, or know someone (2015). This is definitely a scary high number. Another common assumption is that it is only the victims the ones who suffer. This is not exactly true. Child Abuse & Neglect written by Stephanie Holt, Helen Buckley and Sadhbh finds that, “children and adolescents living with domestic violence are at increased risk of experiencing emotional, physical and sexual abuse, of developing emotional and behavioral
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