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Ashley Morgan November 28, 2007 Domestic Violence Domestic violence is a behavioral term used to describe a condition where one person in a relationship uses violence in order to be in command of and dominate another. While physical abuse is the most commonly known form of domestic violence, it is necessary to recognize physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and psychological abuse and the effects they have on relationships, particularly women partners. Domestic violence is a major issue that is dealt with all around the world by the millions. In order to confront this terrible problem, one must become familiar with the impact of domestic violence, the reasons for domestic violence, and how the people can escape domestic violence. Domestic Violence has been occurring internationally for many years, but has only recently been acknowledged as a major health problem. In order to really comprehend exactly where domestic violence comes from, it is beneficial to examine its history. Though some men are domestically abused themselves, they are usually the ones that perform the acts of violence. This intertwines this issue with the study of women. Abusing women has been a part of numerous cultures for countless generations(Anderson, 1997).Unfortunately, in many countries
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around the world it is legal for men to abuse their wives. Even in the United States, women we re not allowed to divorce their husbands on abusive grounds until 1895 and still men were legally allowed to abuse or discipline their wives up until 1911, which at this point still remained legal in the state of Mississippi. Also, it wasn’t until 1994 that the Violence Against Women Act was introduced, which promoted protection for women and research on domestic violence. Protection for domestic violence has come a long way from its previous generation in the United States, but in many countries world-wide it is a cultural, everyday occurrence. Also, although most cases of domestic violence do occur in male-female relationships, they should not be ignored in same sex relationships. To this day there are no laws outlawing domestic violence between homosexual individuals. The history of domestic violence has slowly changed through time, but it is still that people need to be aware occurs daily, all around the world, in all kinds of relationships, and in different forms(Wadman). Although most people are not aware, there are many forms of domestic abuse that occur everyday. The five main types of abuse are Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Psychological, and Economic. All of these forms of domestic violence are forms of power and control usually taken out on innocent women. All of
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these types of violence usually occur in patterns. The first phase of abuse is the tension building phase. This is where the abuser becomes angrier with his partner for even the slightest reason if there is reason at all. After the first phase, the abuser usual performs the act of violence. After the abuser has performed the domestic violence, there is a phase often called the honeymoon phase. In the honeymoon phase
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