Why Does a Batterer Batter?

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Domestic violence isn't what we thought we would be carrying as a societal problem into this new century. In fact, it's an ancient problem that any mention of it today as an ongoing crisis should really make our society embarrassed. Centuries ago, it was not uncommon for a man to abuse his wife because it was both allowed and accepted by society. Domestic violence, as of today, is still a big problem. Not only is it a problem here in the United States, but also is a problem in every community across the country. It is a large-scale and complex social and health problem, and can affect anyone. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another through emotional attack, fear, and intimidation. Domestic violence, or battering, includes the threat or use of violence; this violence is a crime. So many people think domestic violence is caused by: mental or physical illness, genetics, alcohol, drugs, out of control behavior, stress, anger, the victim's behavior, or even relationship problems.

But it's not. A batterer batters because it is a choice, it works, and society says that it is okay.

A batterer batters because it is a choice. They choose to use violence to control family members whether that family member is their wife, child, sibling or even pet animal. An abuser chooses to gain power and control through violence. A batterer's ultimate goal is to have power and control over their victim; violence is an effective way to get and maintain control over someone. The batterer abuses their victim or victims to gain power and control and to get what they want. The abuser may be wanting sex from the victim and force the partner to have sex.

After the abuser chooses...