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Domestic Violence In Today's Society

Domestic violence today is an ever increasing, horrible epidemic. Domestic

violence not only affects women, it affects children, and men in a few cases. This

epidemic is not only physical but can be emotional also. After becoming

a victim of abuse it takes a lifetime to healing. Domestic violence against

women is a global issue reaching across national boundaries as well as socio-

economic, racial cultural, and class distinctions.

Domestic violence unfortunately is on the rise instead of declining. This is a

problem that people have only started to recognize. Abusers can be found in all age,

racial, ethnic, cultural, groups. Domestic violence is found in every type of intimate

relationships whether the individuals are of the same or opposite sex, are married or

dating, or are in a current or past intimate relationship. Usually the victim and abuser

have been intimately involved at some point in time, the abuser choose to use

violence and other abusive moves to gain control over the victim. In some instances, the

abuser may be female while the victim is male However, most reported assaults are

committed by men against women.

In most instances the cycle of violence starts slowly; it usually consists

of a slap in the face or a hard shove. But how often and to what degree of violence

grows with time. The abuser will justify the abuse by pointing out his victim's

flaws and screw-ups. No matter how wrong the victim is, there is no

reason for spousal abuse in a civil society.

The issue at hand is the neurosis within the male psyche. Just as

in rape, the key issue is control. Abusers want power. They inflict physical abuse

on their victim to prove that they have, still have, and will continue to have control over

them. It won't stop there either. The pattern of abuse involves severe mental

pain and humiliation, threatening, ignoring, isolating, rape, and restricting social life. It is

a vicious cycle of abuse, where the victim is almost literally chained to

the abuser. They are financially, emotionally, and completely helpless. They are

unable to reach out for

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