Sexual Abuse And Substance Abuse Essay

1302 Words Dec 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Domestic Abuse Intimate partner abuse has some correlation with substance abuse, being that alcohol and drugs have a large part in the use of violence within these relationships. This is not always the case but the likelihood of violence is higher when one or both of the partners is under the influence of drugs. Domestic violence is defined as “abuse committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship” (Watkins, 2016). This can be in the form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or emotional/ psychological abuse. The abuse can be defined as hitting, pushing, physical assault, exploitation, humiliation, threats and many other forms of mental/emotional/physical abuse. For many couples the progression of abuse is slow and starts with small compromises that can lead to isolation from friends, family and eventually isolation from society. The abuser uses controlling behaviors, degradation, financial restrictions, constant criticisms and physical violence. There is a cycle of violence that occurs within these relationships and this cycle repeats itself over and over again. The cycle starts with the tension building phase, where the abuser is easily set off, this leads to the explosion phase, where the tension ends with a violent episode, and lastly the honeymoon phase, where the abusive partner is usually…

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