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Writing Assignment 3 - 1 Writing Assignment 3 Nicola Onnembo SOS 492 Sept 2015
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Writing Assignment 3 - 2 Incidences of Domestic Violence in the United States Webster’s Dictionary defines domestic violence as “the inflicting of physical injury by one family or household member on another.” It is a pattern of behavior that involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It is also called intimate partner violence (IPV). Intimate partner violence is violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence (DV) can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, and sometimes also involves violence against the children in the family. Domestic violence can be physical, verbal, emotional, economic or sexual abuse. It can be a subtle act of violence, which can range anywhere from coercion, or marital rape to violent physical abuse that results in death. Originally, the central idea was about hitting and beating; physical abuse was central to the notion of "battered women." We now have a far more extensive understanding of forms of abuse that go beyond physical abuse. The core concept is the exercise of power and control, for domestic violence involves a wide range of behaviors including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, stalking, sexual abuse, coercion, and economic control. (Schnieder, 2008) While domestic violence occurs in countries all over the world, to people of any race,
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