The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children

2555 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 11 Pages
The purpose of this research was to examine the affects of physical, emotional, sexual, and even economic abuse in families, also known as domestic violence. Domestic violence often escalates in stages. Usually, the abuse is cyclical and escalates beginning with threats and verbal abuse, later resulting in violence. Although, physical injury by a partner may be the most evident danger, the emotional and psychological effects of domestic abuse are also severe, and may go easily undetected. A screening tool called the WAST, created to detect abuse that is not so easily noticeable is introduced in this paper along with abuse prevention programs and campaigns. Research examining the reliability and validity of the WAST found it to be a reliable and valid measure of abuse in the family practice setting.

Over the last 20 years, community awareness of domestic and family violence has made a significant increase. Statistics have shown that every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted, and around the world, at least one in every three women has been battered and manipulated into having sex. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family (Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013). Domestic violence is not restricted to a single ethnicity, religion, race, age group, or socioeconomic status, and knows no geographic or educational boundaries. It also occurs within teenage relationships and among same-sex partnerships.
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