Essay on Domestic Violence Is A Serious Situation

909 Words Dec 10th, 2014 4 Pages
Domestic violence is a serious situation that can affect anyone of any age, race, socioeconomic status, or amount of education. Safe Place is a resource for sexual and domestic violence victims and survivors in Austin, Texas defines domestic violence as: “a pattern of behavior used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, education, religion, disability status, or sexual orientation. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or in a dating relationship.
Abuse can take many forms and often begins by the abuser exerting control over certain parts of their partner’s life; the abuse then progresses in frequency and intensity. Forms of abuse include: physical (Any forceful or violent behavior), emotional (Any abuse that attacks someone’s self-esteem and definitions of who they are), economic (The use of finances where financial equality is not the goal, rather it is the financial control of one person over another), and psychological (Any abuse with the threat of violence. Psychological abuse involves fear, hurt, and degradation).
Many survivors and families realize after physical abuse begins that emotional, economic or psychological abuse were present during the early stages of the relationship.” (safeplace).
Policies have been put in place in order to assist victims and protect the community. Several organizations have attempted to address domestic violence…

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