The Implications Of Domestic Violence

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According to national statistics “three out of ten women and one out of ten men” will be implicated in domestic violence in their lifetime (Wilson, Fauci, & Goodman, 2015, p. 586). Given this statistic the likelihood of being involved or knowing a person who is going through or has gone through domestic violence is distressing. Domestic violence is “a pattern of abuse behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner” (SAMHSA, 2016). Unfortunately, many children across the United States are growing in homes with domestic violence and can be victims themselves. Domestic violence can be fatal in some cases and in others domestic violence traumatizes those who witness or …show more content…
While this is representative of one of different domestic types of violence a person can experience, there are others that many are not aware of. These include sexual violence and psychological domestic violence. Sexual violence refers to when the victim is forced to perform sexual acts that are against the person’s will. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that “victims who are both physically and sexually abused are more likely to be injured or killed than victims who experience one form of abuse” (2015). Sexual abuse happens to both married and unmarried couples and the purpose of it is to gain control over the person being victimized. Many times the psychological abuse happens alongside physical and sexual abuse, however this is the first type of domestic violence that occurs and leads to physical and sexual abuse. The psychological abuse may happen in different ways such as belittling, verbal abuse, threats of acts, humiliation, controlling what the person can or cannot do, embarrassing the victim, withholding information, undermining the victim’s self-worth, isolation from friends and family, and ridiculing the person in …show more content…
There are different treatment models that can help victims these include Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), among others. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy focuses on changing negative thoughts that the person has that automatic, distorted, negative, thinking patterns that have been learned either before the domestic violence and those that were learned due to the domestic violence they endured. This therapeutic approach helps challenge those thoughts by searching for evidence that the thoughts are valid. Motivational Interviewing is utilized to help the clinician or therapist to ask questions and learn more areas the client was exposed to violence. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy approach helps domestic violence victims let go of negative cognitions and break free from traumatic memories. This therapeutic approach allows clients to transform their painful memories and be able to utilize the technique learned in the short-termed therapy and become empowered by

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