Domestic Violence And Its Effects On The Body Essay

1806 Words Dec 16th, 2014 8 Pages
Domestic violence exists in many forms today. It includes, but is not limited to, physical, mental, sexual, and emotional abuse. All of these forms are damaging in several ways and can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, economic status, or education background.
Physical/Sexual Abuse. When people think of domestic violence, minds often go to physical abuse first, and foremost. Physical violence includes throwing objects, hitting, biting, choking, drowning, and threating or using a weapon on the victim. Obvious signs of recent physical abuse at home are bruises, black eyes, red or purple marks at the neck, and broken or sprained bones, especially wrists. However, abuse has quite a few short-term effects on the body as well. After abuse, the body often suffers trauma resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, involuntary shaking, changes in eating/sleeping patterns, and even issues with fertility. It also causes a general fear of their abuser and others around them, as well as hopelessness and loss of self-esteem. Meanwhile, sexual abuse is also an exceedingly common form of domestic violence. Sexual abuse most often dictates rape, but actually includes forcing the victim into any sexual situation, using, or with anything. Abuse of this form often results in sexual dysfunction, as well as emotional problems similar to that of any other type of abuse.
Mental/Psychological Abuse. Mental and emotional abuse is an aspect of domestic violence that is…

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