Domestic violence has become a far more socially acknowledged topic than ever in history. While it is likely that the occurrences are far greater, reports indicate that 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Men can certainly be victims of domestic violence, yet this may be an even more underreported scenario. The causes and long term effects of violence amongst family members are complex and often devastating, not only to those directly involved but to other family members as well, particularly children. Numerous articles on domestic violence are available for study on the internet, which may prove to be helpful in the treatment and prevention of continued episodes of violence.
Articles on Domestic Violence : What Defines Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is not limited to physical assaults, although this may be what many people imagine when they hear the term. While instances such as hitting, pushing, shoving, etc. are certainly severe acts of abuse, forced acts of sexuality, even between married partners, is very much an aspect in certain cases of domestic abuse. Verbal and mental violence, such as name calling, overly controlling behaviors, threats, stalking, and intimidation are all too commonly overlooked as true forms of domestic violence, and have shown to be just as damaging as physical abuse in many cases.
Articles on Domestic Violence : Witnessing Domestic Violence Damages Children
Many parents who are involved in domestic disputes are unaware of how deeply their children are affected by the witnessing of violence between their parents. These children are far more likely to develop personality and/or mental disorders of numerous types, as well as to become perpetrators or victims of domestic violence in adulthood. They are also likely to bully other children outside of their homes, as an of expression of anger, frustration, and sadness. Some governmental organizations are beginning to classify the exposure of children to domestic violence as a form of child abuse. Sadly, there are cases where the perpetrator intentionally abuses the victim in plain site to the child, wishing to create two victims simultaneously. The long term damage to the child is most severe when the adult victim develops post traumatic stress disorder which is not treated, therefore leaving them unable to help their child in dealing with their own traumas and stressors resulting from the viewing of the violence.
Articles on Domestic Violence : Children from Violent Homes are often Directly Abused
In homes where domestic violence is present between the adults, approximately half of the children are themselves directly abused. When the mother is the victim, various articles on domestic violence show that she is twice as likely to be the perpetrator of violence to her children as non abused mothers. Older children may be injured while trying to protect one parent from the other, while younger children may be affected by objects thrown with the intention of hitting an adult and accidentally hitting the child, or while being held by the victim during an episode of abuse. More and more the current articles on domestic violence are showing the clear correlation between domestic violence, child abuse, and later, youth violence. Recent years have shown a greater than 50% increase in violent juvenile crimes. Most of these children have been exposed to domestic violence in one or more forms.
Articles on Domestic Violence : How Can the Pattern of Domestic Violence be Stopped?
The resources available to assist domestic violence victims are terribly inadequate to meet true societal needs. The number of women reported to be doing all the right things, such as calling police, leaving their abusive partners, etc. has increased, yet the homicide rates of these women and often their children is still high. In addition, juvenile violence (often the result of domestic violence) continues to increase. It should be noted that the current governmental domestic violence programs target emergency assistance rather than education and prevention. With financial resources being so limited for these critical programs, far more effective assistance would occur with a larger portion of resources being redirected to domestic violence prevention. This would require cooperation between various governmental bodies, as well as a deeper acknowledgement of the correlations between domestic violence, child abuse, and youth violence. Target areas should include education of low-income families (who have the highest rates of domestic violence). These programs should begin as early in life as possible, as this population group has shown to be highly responsive to education and alternatives to what they may have been exposed to during their own periods of childhood. Community involvement for at risk groups is critical, as numerous articles on domestic violence abatement have shown. (4)