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Violence, Causes And Effects Of Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is a widespread epidemic. Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten by their husband or partner in the United States alone. Destructive and abusive behaviors in intimate relationships may start as something of not much importance and escalate from there on. An incident of domestic violence is very rarely ever isolated and will more than likely be repeated. These violent incidents tend to happen more frequently and become increasingly more violent over time until they eventually spin out of control unless someone puts a stop to it. According to ¨Violence Against Women, A Majority Staff Report¨ , domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 to 44. To put this in perspective, domestic violence…show more content…
Although the vast majority of domestic violence cases reported have women as the victims men are also victims of domestic violence. As Jan Brown, founder of the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men, said ¨domestic violence is not about size, gender, or strength. It’s about abuse, control, and power, and getting out of dangerous situations and getting help, whether you are a woman being abused, or a man.” . All victims of domestic violence deserves the same availability of resources when trying to get out of abusive relationships because regardless of their gender they are still victims and it is still a crime. Often times the social construct of masculinity makes men feel like they can´t come forward about their abuse. Many male victims feel like they are less ¨manly¨ for allowing the abuse to happen. Domestic abuse is NEVER the victims fault regardless of their gender. Male victims rarely report their abuse because of fear of not being believed and because of their own embarrasment.

Domestic violence changes the atmosphere in family households dramatically. Constant fear and confusion replaces the feelings of love and comfort that are expected to be present in normal family homes. When children witness their mother or father being abused they may feel guilty that they cannot protect their parent or they may even feel that the abuse is their fault. The abuse can also extend to the child or the child may be
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