Social Implications Of Domestic Violence

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Introduction:
“Tens of thousands of people live with family violence every day ... With little or no change in the prevalence of family violence in recent years, family violence remains at shockingly high levels. Families are torn apart, lives ruined, children damaged.”

Domestic violence is a prevalent and terrible issue in our society today. Globally, one in three women experience partner violence3 and 7 in 10 women murdered in Australia are victims of family violence. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre in Victoria, intimate partner violence is the top risk factor for death, disability and illness in women aged 15-44.2
Domestic violence is a behaviour used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Examples
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Some paradigms of social effects of domestic violence can include the perpetrator insulting the victim publicly, putting down the victim’s capabilities as a spouse, parent, lover or worker, demanding all of the victim’s attention and resenting any focus on others, isolating the victim from friends or activities or even spending money without first meeting basic financial obligations. This can lead to victims becoming unconfident in themselves and therefore more susceptible to mental illnesses or emotional health issues.
The victim can become extremely socially isolated by domestic violence. Constant abuse can begin to cut off the victims support network as the partner can either isolate the victim to the point where they don’t have anyone left, or embarrass the victim to the point where they don’t want to go out. This can lead to serious health and emotional repercussions such as depression, anxiety, and feeling like they are worthless and isolated. It further affects the victim as it could make the victim feel like it’s his or her own fault, when it is the complete
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This situation could intensify if the victim’s close family and friends didn’t know about the violence and it could once again cause the victim to believe it is his or her fault. Perpetrators often put themselves in a position where they look or act so confidently that the victim thinks they are the ones at fault.

Emotional Implications:

Emotional violence is also a subtype of domestic violence. Emotional violence can be described as "any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilisation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth." Examples of this could include insulting, blaming or even threatening to kill the victim and/or their children.

Victims of emotional violence often become withdrawn and tend to have very low self-esteem. They could even become depressed or suicidal due to the constant emotional abuse. The most detrimental part of emotional abuse is that victims tend to have such low self-esteem that they can’t bear to tell anyone of the abuse they are enduring. “Around half of men and one-quarter of women who have experienced current partner violence have never told anyone about the violence”

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