Domestic violence and abuse are one of the most alarming global problems our society is struggling with and strives to fight effectively. The frequency of some domestic abuse is shocking, but when talking about domestic abuse, most people picture physical violence of one partner over another, commonly man over woman. The real problem is a lot more complex and diverse, and the mere abuse doesn’t necessarily involve physical force.
There’s a wide range of possible mechanisms of applying power and control over a partner, but one thought comes as a good indicator: If you are forced to change your behavior in any way due to fear of partner’s reaction, there’s probably something wrong going on in that relationship. What matters is to accept that abuse is solely abuser’s fault, anyone can experience violence, and it is not strictly attached to marriage or romantic relationship.
Violence happens within families and other forms of the relationship among relatives, partners, friends or any other form of relation.
Characteristics of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse presents in various models of pathological behavior, but it is always some misuse of power over another person. It may include physical violence, emotional and psychological abuse, financial controlling, sexual abuse and frequently it involves a combination of these aspects.
The actions of one partner provoke reactions of another, causing the victim to feel guilty, addicted, submissive, weak, less worth, scared and many similar impressions.
Forms of domestic abuse
The methods of controlling and blackmailing vary. It may include physical harming, deprivation of food, sleep, freedom to leave the house, money withholding, humiliation, insults and other forms of emotional and , manipulations with children or some asset worth to victim and many more.
How to fight domestic abuse
It all starts with raising awareness and levels of education regarding all forms of domestic abuse. Further, wide networks providing safety, protection, legal help, psychological support and options for alternative lifestyle.
Are required to empower victims to resist and fight violence. Fighting society prejudice also plays a significant role in saving victims of domestic abuse and suppressing the mere problem.