Domestic Violence And Sexual Abuse

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Domestic violence has had a traumatic affect on the lives of millions of people in the United States alone (Carretta, 2010, p. 28). Bryant Furlow (2010) states that domestic violence is any physical, psychological or sexual abuse endured by a current/former spouse, intimate partner or simply anyone who is abusing another family member. According to Furlow (2010) domestic violence incorporates elder abuse, child abuse and intimate partner violence. Although domestic violence can affect all members, a majority occurs between current/former spouses or cohabitant partners (Daigle, 2013, p. 132).

Literature Review: Researcher, Carrie Carretta (2008) states in her article, Domestic Violence- A Worldwide Exploration that women are more likely to be victimized by an intimate partner than men. Many studies have been done to prove this notion; for example, a survey of eight-thousand women and eight-thousand men conducted by the National Violence Against Women Survey found that twenty-two percent of women confessed that an intimate partner physically abused them while only seven percent of males reported the same. Another survey has demonstrated the same findings; annually, about 1.5 million women are sexually abused by an intimate partner in the U.S., while roughly 834,732 of men are abused (Carretta, 2008, p. 28). Many factors can contribute to why certain victims are more likely to experience domestic violence. For example, stress and social learned behavior are common…
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