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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: AN OVERVIEW

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? What is domestic violence, and why does it persist? Domestic violence, partner abuse, battering, family violence, and wife beating refer to abuse committed by one adult against another with whom the abuser has or has had an intimate or romantic relationship. Most domestic violence is committed by men against women. According to the Department of Justice, women are victims of domestic violence eleven times more often then men. Although, some sources suggest that women use violence against males as frequently as men do against female partner, most evidence shows that the violence inflicted by men is much more severe. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, and emotional acts of violence and abuse. Physical abuse usually involves the intent of causing harm or injury to the victim. It can take the form of slapping, punching, throwing the victim down or into the walls and objects, tripping, biting, kicking, or twisting arms and legs. It may involve life-threatening behavior such as choking, stabbing, burning, attempting to drown, or shooting with a gun. Abuse may also refer to withholding necessary items, or to physical restraint such as locking the victim in a home or closet, handcuffing, or tying up a person. Sexual abuse includes genital mutilation and marital rape. Psychological and verbal abuse is usually present along with physical or sexual abuse. It can involves behavior such as constant ridicule, accusations of infidelity or mental illness, threats against the victim or her loved ones, threatened suicide, harassment, and stalking. In most cases, domestic violence refers to physical, as well as, emotional abuse and it generally involves more than one act of physical harm. The damage inflicted is often severe. According to the Department of Justice, if all domestic…...

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