Long Term Effects Of Domestic Violence

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1. Domestic violence often called domestic abuse or intimate relationship violence refers to abusive actions between two individuals who is in a past or present close relationship. (The Office of Violence Against Women, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, defines domestic abuse as, “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that can be used by one partner to gain or maintain power over another intimate partner”) (Domestic Violence, 2015). Domestic abuse can impact anyone whether partners are married, unmarried, heterosexual or bisexual. Although domestic violence affects men and women, the majority of cases involves women. Also, domestic violence affects all ethnic groups and economic classes (Domestic Violence, 2015). a. Domestic…show more content…
Domestic violence can impact anyone regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic abuse not only affects the individuals involved, but children who are there to witness an abuse. For example, studies have shown that children who witnesses their parents in an abusive situation will go on and repeat the cycle. In addition, children who witnesses a mother getting abused may feel like it is their fault for not being able to protect their mother. Ultimately, children themselves may become victims of abuse. It is estimated that children abuse is 6-15 times higher in domestic violence cases where the mother is abused (Domestic Violence: Long Term Effects of Domestic Violence, 2015). Victims of domestic violence can and have a higher risk to developing health conditions down the road. Some of these health conditions can be can be arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, post traumatic stress disorder, mental illness, and depression. Victims of domestic violence can have higher risk to developing health conditions down the road. Some of these health conditions can be arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, post traumatic stress disorder, mental illness, anxiety, and depression (Long Term Effects of Domestic Violence,…show more content…
Again, Domestic violence can affect anyone no matter age, sex, or social economic status. One of the focus is on the stereo type of African American women versus White American women. White women is said to be small, soft, delicate, and passive. Whereas, Black women are not small, delicate, soft, or passive (Martinson, 2008). Instead, “Black women is a strong black women”, according to Evelyn White who is an author and domestic violence advocate (Martinson, 2008). Although African American women are viewed as being strong, this leaves them with limited resources when they need care because they are somewhat obliged to their caregiver role. Overall, the problem of not recognizing African American women as victims immediately as white women which can limit their resources when they need help and making them have to prove they are a victim once they overcome their fear and seek help relating to domestic violence (Martinson,

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