The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children

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Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their race, gender, age, ethnicity, education, income, or other factors. In the homes where violence and abuse are present, every member of the family is affected. Almost every healthy intimate relationship experiences ups and downs, but when the behavior of one person consistently tears down the other person -whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or economically- it is considered abuse. The abuse usually is an attempt by one partner to exert control through intimidation, fear, verbal abuse, threats, or even physical violence. Domestic violence is a global problem of enormous proportions. Although men are sometimes victims, the larger portion of them are women. Victims of domestic violence are usually isolated from friends, family, and neighbors and lose their network of social support. The effects of domestic violence may include physical abuse, psychological traumas, or financial difficulties. First, physical abuse is one of the outcomes for the victims of domestic violence. Physical violence can include: hitting, slapping, throwing objects, restraining, and battery. Battering is a major cause of injury to women and more prevalent that auto accidents, rapes, or muggings. The fact that one in four women is a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner is presented by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence
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