Domestic Violence : A Type Of Abuse Essay

1641 Words Oct 31st, 2016 7 Pages
Domestic violence is a type of abuse. It involves injuring someone; usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a child or another family member. The abuser uses fear, guilt, shame, and he wants to keep the victim under his or her thumb. The abuser may use many different types of abuse to assert this power, and the overall framework in which the abuse occurs may follow a pattern called the cycle of violence.
There are an estimated four million incidences of domestic violence against women that occur each year, per the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000). The estimated number of children between the ages of 3-17 that have saw at least one violent act between their parents is between 3.3 to 10 million (Fontes, 2000). There are studies that state children exposed to domestic violence directly or indirectly tend to be emotionally as well as psychologically, have problems with concentration at school and tend to be involved in relationships centered on domestic violence, as they believe it to be an ordinary part of the relationship due to their experiences (Fontes, 2000). One in six American couples has engaged in partner against partner assault and Straus (1992) estimated that 10 million American children are see to domestic violence in their home each year. The import of domestic violence towards women has been found to be detrimental to the overall wellbeing and personal growth of women and their children and to…

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