Domestic Violence: The Wheel of Power and Control

2821 WordsMar 26, 201412 Pages
Domestic Violence: The Wheel of Power and Control “Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police” (Tjaden). How does this happen? Anyone who sees this statistic is firstly appalled, and secondly unable to comprehend how such blatant abuse occurs without reprimand. And furthermore, someone who has studied sexuality would look at this statistic and wonder about how many men or transgender people are affected by physical assaults, rapes, and stalkings. But regardless of your response to this statistic, there is one thing that we all can agree on: domestic violence must stop now. And for us to move…show more content…
It can include not allowing one partner to access bank accounts or make financial decisions and forcing one partner to constantly ask for money. But as simple as it may sound, economic abuse can be extremely abrasive to one’s relationship. It takes a mental toll on a partner if they are constantly worrying about getting money and if the partnership is in a sound financial state. It also acts a form of intimidation for one partner to feel as if they are worthless because they have no money. This sort of abuse has an extreme effect on working-class and impoverished women (Schechter). Because these women are already underprivileged and poor, they rely even more on their partner for support. They often struggle to support themselves financially, and if their partner makes this disadvantage even more extreme, they are likely to go into debt. So now, they are a domestic violence victim who owes people money; not a situation that often leads to success. Emotional abuse also limits the chance of one’s success. It can include telling your partner that they are going crazy, or saying they 're a disgrace to their sex. Basically, emotional abuse is insulting your partner verbally to give them some feeling of worthlessness. And while this type of abuse may seem less debilitating than direct physical abuse or economic abuse, it still has a horrible effect on the victim. It leads to lack of self-confidence, and
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