Domestic Violence And Domestic Abuse

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“My father was one of those men who sit in a room and you can feel it: the simmer, the sense of some unpredictable force that might, at any moment, break loose, and do something terrible” (Burnside). Many family units silently suffer from domestic abuse inflicted by a parent figure. According to the United States Department of Social Justice, domestic violence is a “pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” Even when an abused partner, typically the woman, is removed from the abusive situation, pain does not cease. There are extensive emotional and psychological repercussions from domestic abuse. As the most commonly abused sector of the population is made up of woman and children, they will be the parties analyzed. This domestically abused sector requires aid from individuals, such as social workers, who are educated in the area of domestic abuse and are trained to work through the repercussions of domestic abuse. This paper discusses the history of domestic violence, the nature of lingering pain in the psychological and emotional sense, what can be done to recover from the trauma, and how Christian social workers should approach helping those who have been domestically abused. Domestic violence has existed ever since Eve bit into the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and sin entered the world. Earthly relationships are fallen, and consequently domestic
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