Education On Domestic Violence

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Domestic abuse is a serious issue in our society. Everyday millions of people are abused by ones that are supposedly the individuals that love them the most. According to a recent national survey, one out of eight husbands engage in at least one violent act toward his wife during that year. The issue of domestic abuse is not discussed enough. We need to start out at an early age by educating young children in our schools about domestic abuse. We should not only find ways to raise awareness, but we must also inform these young minds that domestic abuse occurs not only through physical violence but also through other subtle yet just as damaging methods.

Violence begins in the early stages of a relationship. In a study of approximately four hundred couples planning to marry, thirty one percent of the men and forty four percent of the women reported that they had been physically aggressive toward their partner a year prior to their marriage.

The tension building stage is characterized by the abuser's escalating intimidation, denigration, irritation, and controlling behavior. The abused may respond by withdrawing, placating, cajoling, or provoking the man's inevitable violent outbursts in an effort to control it's timing. These are signs of an abusive relationship.

Many people do not even realize that they have been abused. This situation is not uncommon. People are unaware and uneducated about what abuse is. When people think of abuse, they automatically envision physical abuse such as hitting, slapping, pushing, etc. In truth, abuse comes in many shapes and forms. Another form of physical abuse is forcing someone to use drugs or alcohol. The use of drugs and alcohol is damaging and threatening on a human being, and when that is forced upon someone, its' called abuse.

Psychological and verbal...