Essay on Domestic Violence : A Public Health Issue
Background of Problem
To understand domestic violence (DV) one needs to first understand the definition in today’s society, and analysis the historical information. Domestic violence (DV) also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to achieve or retain power and control over another intimate partner (Census for Disease and Control, 2015). Domestic violence can be emotional, financial, physical, psychological, sexual or technological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Domestic violence is any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Individuals in all community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality are affected by the epidemic of domestic violence. In the United States domestic violence was once considered a private matter. However, today domestic violence is perceived as a public health issue (Salazar, Baker, Price, & Carlin, 2003).
In order to respond to the overwhelming issues associated with domestic violence, professionals advocating on behalf of adolescents and children welfare need to understand these issues, know how to identify them, and assess and provide treatment to adolescents affected by domestic violence. The objective is to provide information and resources on the impact…