The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children

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Definition/History/Statistics Historically, domestic violence has been a devastating social problem affecting individuals from every segment of the American society irrespective of race, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and economic status. Although, men to a smaller extent experience domestic violence, it is usually understood as a women 's issue; which inadvertently affects children. Approximately, 85 to 95% of victims are females (Laney, 2010). Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten (National Domestic Violence Statistics, 2014). 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner and 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are females. Moreover, 9.4% of women in the United States have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Domestic Violence Statistics, 2014). Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 % of all violent crimes (National Domestic Violence Statistics, 2014). Domestic violence (DV) or intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors that occur in a relationship, used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner. These behaviors can be physical, emotional, economic or psychological where control is exercised through physical, emotional, sexual and economic abuse, threats and isolation among others. “Battered women and their children experience a myriad of negative consequences as a result of domestic violence” (Borrego,
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