Domestic Violence : An Dominant Problem Within Australian Society Essay

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Domestic violence has become an increasingly dominant problem within Australian society but is constantly pushed to the side like a burden. Domestic violence is a relationship between intimate partners in which one individual seeks to assert power and control over the other and cause fear or intimidation (What is domestic violence? 2016). It doesn’t have to be physical abuse, it can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of abuse. It can affect anyone in the community regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location (home - Domestic Violence, 2016). Violence isn’t just physical violence it can also be sexual, verbal, psychological, emotional, spiritual, economic or social. Domestic violence is the most frequent form of assault in Australian society nevertheless, it remains a hidden problem because it occurs within the privacy of the home and those involved are usually reluctant to speak out. Women and Children are commonly affected by domestic violence in fact, 33.3% of women had experienced physical violence since the age of 15 (Domestic Violence Statistics, 2016).
There are several health problems that can arise from encountering acts of domestic violence such as; paranoia & fear, loss of trust, depression & anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, unwanted pregnancies, sense of powerlessness, broken bones and bruises, post-traumatic stress disorder, isolation and many more.
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