Domestic Violence : A Pattern Of Coercive And Controlling Behaviors And Tactics

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“Domestic Violence: A pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors and tactics by one person to gain power and control over a partne.”(Halket 29:35) “In 2000 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner.”(Amercian Bar 1)

Popular R&B singer Jazmin Sullivan has a song called, “Call Me Guilty.” In the song she phones her mother to let her know that she is going to kill her abusive spouse. A line that particularly stands out to me is, “I suppose that I could leave, knowing I can’t leave.” When I hear her sing that part I ask myself, why not just leave? Why risk going to prison for murder? Just leave and never look back! Seems like a no brainer right?

“It is estimated that 4.8 million women experience an incident of rape or a physical assault by an intimate partner annually with the United States.”(Qtd.in Lackey669) Often women struggle with the inability to leave a abusive relationship. Women likely battle emotional and financial barriers just to name a few. It is important to make women who suffer from domestic violence aware of the different avenues of help that are available.

In order to help someone in a domestic violence situation we have to first put ourselves in their shoes. What are some of the obstacles that are preventing the abused person [often women] to leave? Emotional reasons come to mind, but what kind of emotions? Feelings of failure might come into play, especially if the couple is married. When one decides to marry their mate you vow to…

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