Domestic Violence Prevention And Treatment Essay

1115 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Domestic violence has been around for centuries, affecting millions of Americans and is becoming a global health problem. Violence is not selective as it occurs across all income levels, racial and cultural groups and has no gender or sexual boundaries (Allender, Rector & Warner, 2014). Therefore, it 's imperative that communities not only understand the cycle of violence, but also the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of violence prevention.
Intimate partner violence affects millions of Americans and occurs among all types of relationships, including heterosexual and gay and lesbian couples. According to the CDC, "approximately 27.3% of women and 11.5% of men in the United States have experienced some form of sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner" ("Intimate Partner," 2016). Unfortunately, it 's difficult to obtain accurate statistics on intimate partner violence as its often underreported and difficult to study due to the nature of the abuse, but includes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological harm. Furthermore, it can cause physical, reproductive, psychological, social and health behavior consequences ("Intimate Partner," 2016).
The cycle of violence is a cyclic, three phase pattern of abuse, including the tension-building phase, the acute battering phase and then the loving reconciliation phase (Allender, Rector & Warner, 2014). During the tension-building…

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