The Epidemic Known as Domestic Violence Post 2

Studies of fourteen to seventeen year old girls suggest up to forty percent of them report knowing someone who has been hit or beaten by their boyfriend.

In 1996, 150,000 instances of domestic violence against men involved abuse by a spouse of lover.

More than half the female victims of domestic violence report having children at home under the age of twelve.

Children, who observed domestic violence or have been abused themselves, are at a greater risk of continuing the cycle.

There are types of abusive relationships that don’t involve forced sexual acts or beatings. A few symptoms of these relationships are:
Stopping all contact between you and your family or friends.

Controlling where you go, who you see, and what you do as well as placing time limits, checking up or interrogating you after trips to even such places as the grocery or school to pick up children.

Forces you to give up total control of your paycheck or Social Security income.

Forces you to ask for money or refuses to give money even if you earned the income.

Threatens to take your children by claiming you are an unfit parent.

Makes all household decisions concerning everything, from cleaning schedules to major purchases, without any consultation.

Destroys your personal property, punches holes in walls, shatters furniture or glassware, and/or threatens to or actually kills your pets.

Blames his or her temper and abuse on you or acts as though the violence isn’t any big deal.

Men and women who have stayed with a violently abusive partner are often asked why they stayed. Some of the most common answers are “for the sake of their children,” “religious beliefs or fear of excommunication,” and the “fear that the abuser will come looking for them to kill them.”

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