Domestic Violence/Abuse Awareness

Essay by chris6878University, Bachelor'sA, June 2009

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IntroductionThis paper is about domestic violence and researching the different kinds of abuse and the main stages that take place in certain situations. Lately, domestic violence has been the main topic of discussion on a lot of TV shows due to the recent incident of celebrities Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Domestic violence is often referred to as a public health issue and named the "silent crime" because in most cases, victims are too afraid to come forward. It is also the main cause of injuries for women between the ages of 15 and 40 years old. (Jane, O. Time Magazine, pg. 1) If someone is a victim of domestic violence they should get help from family members or friends, it's a crime that affects public health of not only the individual but others as well. Although men are also victims, women are mainly the ones affected. Each year, in the U.S.

statistics show that between three or four million women are abused by someone they know. (Jane, O. Time Magazine, pg. 5). On Dr. Phil's talk show, he said that "most of the time domestic violence starts within a household, and young girls who are victims of abuse in their own home tend to have a pattern of being in abusive relationships as they get older. As well as young boys who witnessed their mother being abused, may become an abuser as they get older." In most cases, women will stay with their abuser because they're in denial that they are in an abusive relationship and will sometimes make excuses for their partner who is abusing them. It's a form of manipulation and self-control and the victims feel trapped. The first step in helping yourself as a victim is to identify that there is a problem and you need help.