My Personal Experience Of Intimate Partner Violence Essay

1202 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
In my first critical self-reflection paper, I shared my personal experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and how I was able to end the cycle of psychological abuse in my marriage. Before taking this class I could not comprehend IPV or the extent of damage it causes to victims. I naively believed that IPV alluded only to physical abuse. Completing this course motivated me to research and gain insight on what Intimate partner violence consists of. It was because of this course that I realized that I was once a victim of IPV. As I look back on my experience I can readily identify that IPV is fueled by a need for power and control. It is a continuous cycle and in most cases a learned behavior that is passed down from one generation to another. IPV does not discriminate; it affects people from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Men can be victims of IPV but in a majority of cases, women suffer due to their sense of weakness and the overpowering accountability for the home and their children. The fear that separation will leave them with the financial responsibility to care for themselves and their children generates feelings of depression and discouragement.
During my childhood I witnessed my father hitting my mother, which still traumatizes me to this day. Unfortunately, abuse has a lasting mental, physical and emotional effect on victims and witnesses. According to Wathen and MacMillan (2013), “Exposure of a child or adolescent to any incident of…

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