Domestic Violence: How harmful can it become?

Essay by MournbladeUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, March 2007

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Domestic violence is one of the biggest societal problems that affects a great number of people worldwide and has always been present in human relations for centuries. The phenomenon is widespread and occurs among all socioeconomic groups. In a national survey of over 6,000 American families, it was estimated that between 53% and 70% of male batterers also frequently abuse their children (Straus & Gelles). Other research suggests that women who have been hit by their husbands are twice as likely as other women to abuse a child (Child Welfare Partnership). Numbers are scary, but not as horrifying as the effects domestic violence has on its victims. Emotional and physical abuse in the home can lead to serious physical and psychological damages to mostly women and especially children, who, as teenagers and then adults, will carry that burden in their bodies and souls for the rest of their lives, and, consequently society will be harmed as a whole.

Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant than auto accidents, rapes or muggings. In fact, the emotional and psychological abuse inflicted by batterers may be more costly to treat in the short run than physical injury. Most physical injuries suffered by women seem to cause medical difficulties as they grow older. Arthritis, hypertension and heart disease have been identified to be directly caused or aggravated by domestic violence suffered early in their adult lives (Browne).

The results of domestic violence or abuse on women can be really long lasting. People who are abused by a spouse or intimate partner may experience serious psychological problems, sleep and eating disorders or panic attacks, repeated self injury, drug and alcohol dependence and can finally lead them to attempt suicide. In a 1999 study conducted by John Hopkins, it was reported...