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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime – it doesn’t just impact the victim but can have a long-lasting effect on the people you love, including their friends, family members, and colleagues.

Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about domestic violence:

  1. Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner abuse, spousal abuse, dating violence, domestic abuse, and intimate partner violence) is a form of mistreatment that takes place in a homosexual or heterosexual romantic relationship between adolescents or adults.
  2. Establishing and maintaining the victim’s safety is how domestic abuse is treated, offering relevant legal consequences o the batterer, addressing the problems of the abuser (especially if one of the problems includes substance abuse), and the emotional impact on the victim.
  3. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals only screen for intimate partner abuse in about 1/5thof the patients seen. The most effective way to assess domestic violence is to ask open-ended questions that call for more than a one-word answer and don’t directly ask about domestic abuse.
  4. Coworkers, family members, and friends can look for warning signs if they think their loved one is the domestic abuse victim. These signs may include stress-related physical symptoms, isolation from others, blaming themselves for the problems in the relationship, passive-aggressive behavior, fear of conflicts, a change in their personality, low self-esteem, various injuries the victim wants to explain and frequent absences from school or work.
  5. Warning signs for people to consider if they suspect they’re the victim of domestic violence include feeling assaulted, demeaned, or unreasonably controlled by their partner.
  6. While domestic abuse strikes partners of all sexual orientations, social-economic status, religions, and races, risk factors for both men or women becoming abusers or victims include substance abuse, attitudes of male domination, having a low sense of self-worth, witnessing family violence as a child, lack of high school education, and poverty.
  7. Intimate partner abuse continues to be endorsed in every society through the lack of legal protections for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (LGBT) victims and legal sanctioning of the subjugation of women.
  8. Since intimate partner abuse affects more than 800,000 men and 2 million women, it’s a major public health problem. Plus, this abuse results in injury/death of victims, homelessness, lost work productivity, and billions of dollars in healthcare costs.

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