• Troubled Relationships
    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
    An age-old problem that never seems to go away
Addressing the problem of abuse is the first step in eliminating it and it's tragic effects forever.
The Make-up of Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, domestic violence can exist in intimate or familial relationships throughout the world. Victims and abusers may be of any age, gender, race, orientation, or economic status. When one partner in a relationship uses unethical behaviors to exert power over the other person in the relationship, it's generally considered domestic violence. Spouses, romantic partners, household inhabitants, and children can be victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence can occur in an intimate or romantic relationship even if the both parties are not living together. Abuse in a dating relationship can include emotional manipulation, sexual harassment or coercion, and/or physical violence. Stalking can be considered abusive behavior as well. Once the abuser feels he or she has total control of their dating partner, the abuse usually increases in frequency and becomes more harmful.

Psychological Abuse

Much of the psychological abuse within a relationship usually centers on fear and isolation. The abuser may prevent the victim from contacting friends or family and may limit travel outside the home to school or work. Sometimes, the abuser may try to intimidate the victim by threatening to hurt him or her. Threats of harm to other people in the household or even pets can also occur and are psychologically harmful.

Violence Against Children

Parents and step-parents can inflict physical, emotional, and sexual abuse on children. In some cases, this behavior is related to divorce. State laws, such as mandatory reporting requirements for teachers and medical professionals, can affect how domestic violence against children is handled legally. Some family law attorneys specialize in domestic violence cases and focus on using the law to protect children from abusers.

Escaping the Abuse

Abusive relationships may continue for long periods of time if the victim doesn't feel there is a way to safely leave. This can be especially true for victims who are women and children. Getting emotional and financial support from loved ones can help a victim break free from an unhealthy relationship. There are also professional counselors and recovery organizations that specialize in helping victims of domestic violence.