Public Health Problem : Domestic Abuse

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Public Health Problem:
Domestic abuse is a very concerning public health problem and it can happen to anyone. It can happen whether you are male, female, black, white, rich, or poor. There are many different categories of abuse, which include physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse. They are all equally life changing and can leave permanent scars. These wounds could be on the outside or hidden on the inside.
Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers a person (Dating Abuse Statistics, 2013). People of all races, education levels, and ages experience domestic abuse (Violence Against Women, 2015). On average nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner (Statistics, 2015). This adds up to ten million men and woman being abused annually in the United States alone (Statistics, 2015). Women from the ages eighteen to twenty-four are the most commonly abused population (Statistics, 2015). Statistics say that eighty-five percent of victims are in fact women (Safe Voices, 2016). One in three women and one in four men have experienced some type of abuse/violence in their lifetime (Statistics, 2015). Most cases of domestic violence are never reported and only thirty-three percent of victims ever tell anyone about their abuse (Safe Voices, 2016).
Another type of physical abuse is sexual abuse. Statistics say that forty to forty-five percent of women in abusive relationships will…
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