Domestic Violence : An Epidemic And The Number One Health Concern

912 Words Oct 25th, 2015 4 Pages
Domestic violence is an epidemic and the number one health concern in our country. There are more abusers and their victims compared to past years. As a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship, domestic violence is used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another one. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse and not look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. This kind of abuse affects people of all ages and sexes, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, education and employment levels. Abuse towards children and the elderly can be violent or aggressive behavior. Thus, there are many types of abuse that one can suffer; awareness of the signs of domestic violence is especially important before getting into any kind of intimate relationship. The warning signs of domestic violence are physical, sexual, emotional, and economic. When people talk about domestic violence, they are often referring to the physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers the other person. Physical assault or battery is a crime. Many of the victims are hesitant to report this crime because of intimation and threats by the abuser. Then, sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse. This is any situation in which a person is forced to have unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner,…
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