Domestic Violence Is An Act Of Power And Control Essay

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When most people hear the word domestic violence often time’s people think about a man physically beating his wife or girlfriend or a man raping a women. Hardly anyone imagines that a man or young boy can have the very same actions reciprocated to them by a woman. In order to understand domestic violence, let’s define what it is. First off, domestic violence is an act of power and control. According to the department of Justice of the United States, domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over their partner”. (DOJUSA, 2016) Furthermore, domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, economic, or psychological. (DOJUSA, 2016) Research shows that by law, domestic violence includes any behavior that intimidates, manipulates, humiliates, isolates, frightens, terrorizes, coerces, threatens, blames, hurts, injures, or wounds another person due to violence or anger. Society has programmed men to act tough, take it like a man, be strong, powerful and dominate. Due to society’s expectations on masculinity, men victims of domestic violence often do not report their abuse. This doesn’t mean that men don’t fall victim to violence in relationships, because they do. According to safehorizions.org,” men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the United States”. (safe horizons, n.d.) Research also indicates that 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe…

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