Domestic Violence Effect

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Every day, women and men fall victim to deceptive love mates or spouses who purported to be (prior to the commitment) everything except who they really are. Sometimes this is a negative result of "love at first sight," a phenomenon that occurs when two people who meet each other for the first time and claim to instantaneously fall in love. Statistics show that 2/3 of people in the U.S. believe in love at first sight and 20% of them often marry the object of their affection unaware that the object of their desire is truly less than desirable. Although some of them may end up staying marrying well over what it is considered the national average, many of them, whether they marry the person or not, often end up in abusive relationships that many…show more content…
Shawn Taylor, dated April 6, 1997, entitled "Domestic Violence Case Has Fatal End." The articles discusses the relationship between Kelly Gonzalez and Samuel Gutierrez. From 1993 to 1996, there were nine police reports listing Gutierrez as the defendant and Gonzalez as the victim, including a November 1995 case in which Gutierrez pleaded guilty to choking Gonzalez. Yet, as is common in domestic violence cases, the dust would settle and, eventually, so would they, right back into a potentially deadly relationship.

It should be noted that offenders convicted of domestic violence account for about 25 percent of violent offenders in local jails and 7 percent of violent offenders in state prisons. Many of those convicted of domestic violence have a prior conviction history. More than 70 percent of offenders in jail for domestic violence have prior convictions for other crimes, not necessarily domestic violence.

One of the best domestic violence prevention strategies is to conduct a criminal background investigation to access prior criminal and domestic abuse history of a potential love interest or spouse before you become seriously involved. This would greatly eliminate the number of victims of abuse and possibly save many lives. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure - especially if the unchecked criminal behavior (in this case, violence/domestic abuse) ends in a
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