Domestic violence is defined as aggressive or violent behavior within the home, this includes child abuse, elder abuse and intimate partner abuse. Agencies have broken these up into categories, to be better able to research, understand and treat, within this essay we will concentrate on intimate partner abuse. When we look at intimate partner abuse we need to evaluate the four main categories and study the meaning and social consequences individually, to better understand the patterns associated with each. First, we start with common couple violence, a common form resulting in arguments that do not escalate, get physical or cause injury, this is the most common type. Next, we have intimate terrorism, …show more content…
Researchers do agree that the cycle of violence either experienced or witnessed can have lasting effects. Women in abusive relationship have higher occurrence of depression and anxiety and children living within the abuse suffer a higher incidence of behavior issues, drug alcohol and lifetime of relationship issues (Cohen, 2015). Domestic violence directly affects the wellbeing of children in the home, by either being harmed directly, suffer psychological trauma from witnessing. Potentially adopting the negative behaviors they have been exposed to and possibly emulate them in their adults lives, continuing what is called “ the cycle of abuse” (Buzawa, 2017). There is an overlap of child physical and sexual abuse occurrences associated with intimate partner abuse, children reared in an abusive home have a 300% increase of being victims of violence (Spokane Cares, 2016). So, in order to lessen the chance of generational reoccurrence, researchers need to concentrate on the reasons why abuse happens and what can be done to reduce the number of families that fall victim. Researchers have complied a list of factors impacting women and what social patterns might make them more susceptible. Age, is …show more content…
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