What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.
Domestic violence is a public health an epidemic that knows no boundaries. Victims can be any age, race, economic status, sexual orientation or religion. It is affecting people across the world. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence will always have negative results, such as physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe but all too familiar cases, even death. It has lasting effects on the victim and can lead to suicide, depression, lack of being able to sustain and keep a job, and PTSD. Not only does it harm the victim, but there are other victims. Especially the children who witness and live in a home where abuse is taking place. 73% of all abusers were either abused as children themselves, or witnessed abuse. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Red Flag Warning Signs
There is no one sign that is by itself an indicator of identifying an abuser. Often it is the combination of many things that reveals the severity. There are however many red flags signals that you should educate yourself about, and avoid anybody who demonstrates them.
Present and Long Term Effects
Victims of domestic violence experience a high degree of unhealthy emotions and feelings. These emotions can continue long after the relationship is over. Some victims may resort to coping methods such as drug and alcohol abuse, which only escalate the already festering issues.