The Correlation Between Domestic Violence And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The Correlation Between Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Domestic violence is a horrific circumstance that is an ongoing issue to the public health of the world. Affecting the lives of millions annually by psychologically crippling the minds of the affected through chronic exposure to abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2014), 1.3 million women are subjected to this devastating situation. “No such global estimate was applicable for men” (Trevillion, Oram, Feder, & Howard, 2012). Stated by (Trevillion, Oram, Feder, & Howard, 2012) that prolonged duration of an abusive relationship marks the onset and duration of mental disorders such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Women affected by continuous abuse by their partner are three to five times more likely to experience PTSD symptoms than the general population. (Rose et al., 2010). With time an abused women level of depression decrease with lessened abuse, but PTSD continues long after the abuse has stopped. According to Rose et al. (2010) “66% of the abused women continued to have symptoms of PTSD despite being absent from the abusive relationship for an average of nine years (range 2-23)”. Individuals particularly women affected by domestic violence indicate a high correlation of diagnosed PTSD clients. Justifying the need to give support to the victims of domestic violence and continue to seek further understanding of PTSD. By identifying children being exposed
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