Essay on The Thought Of Domestic Violence

1137 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
The thought of domestic violence (DV) is extremely frightening, and at times it just seems unbelievable that someone could hurt someone that they say they love. However, it happens; and it happens more than you would possibly think. According to the most recent data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by their intimate partner during their lifetime (when accounting for sexual and psychological abuse as well the occurrence of women as victims skyrockets compared to men). This is a major problem, yet domestic violence often goes unnoticed, or ‘ignored’ in a way because it is such a taboo topic. Therefore, it is important to realize that domestic violence is a real and serious issue, and that the way society as a whole can support victims and possibly prevent further DV is through awareness, support, and action. I would like to start off stating that although men are adversely affected by DV as victims as well, the most prevalent and severe cases of DV are female victims -- and so I will often be referring to the perpetrator as male and victim as female. However, it is still important to note that the roles could be switched and the majority of topics to be discussed will still be applicable to the reversed situation.
With that, one of the biggest problems concerning DV is observers, whether intentionally or not, put blame on the victim for the abuse. They often ask the victim, “why…

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