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Posted by Monica on Dec 6, 2014

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of society’s common social problems and it affects even families in the US, with more than 10 million incidences being reported every year. Its most common victims are women, children and the elderly – those who are less capable of physically defending themselves.

Perpetrators of domestic violence are always intimate partners (the person whom the victim is married to or living with) and it can happen during a relationship, while the partners are breaking up, or even after the couple has separated. Where women are the victims, those most affected are between 16 and 34 years old.

The abusers’ intent is nothing more than to gain power and dominance over their respective partners by humiliating, frightening, intimidating, threatening, terrorizing or injuring them until their feeling of self-confidence and self-worth are all gone, becoming totally submissive to abusers’ demands.

The victim of domestic violence can be anybody as the abuser does not give any regard to the victim’s religion, age, race, nationality, financial status, professional standing and educational attainment. The most common types of domestic abuses victims are made to suffer, include:

Physical abuse is a key element of domestic abuse. It refers to the use of physical force against one’s partner and it can be committed through a lot of different ways, like punching, kicking, slapping, choking, hair pulling, assaulting with a weapon, restraining, confinement, and even murder.

Emotional, mental or psychological abuse may be committed verbally or non-verbally. The wounds inflicted through emotional abuse are deeper compared to physical abuse; this type of abuse is committed through recurring criticisms, indifference towards the victim’s skills and abilities, name-calling, screaming or yelling at the victim, criticizing or belittling the victim’s accomplishments, and mocking or humiliating the victim, especially in front of friends.

Sexual abuse is usually carried out by forcing the victim to: participate in unwanted or demeaning sexual activities; look at pornographic materials or participate in a pornographic film; and so forth.

Domestic violence is always a traumatic experience that also causes physical injuries, fear and loss of self-confidence. Its victims almost always become problematic, withdrawn, and often unsure and embarrassed of his/her acts. Worse, its effects trickle down to the children, making them feel ashamed, afraid, confused, stressed and guilty for not having the strength to protect their abused parent.

The website of Flaherty Defense Firm, explains further what domestic violence is, its ill effects and the legal rights and options of victims. Being a crime, domestic violence should be reported immediately and victims should know and understand that they have the law to protect them against this social malady.

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