The physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse that is used to establish power and control the victim. The victim is more frequently a woman. Because of shame and guilt, the victim does not report the abuse to authorities, family or friends. Domestic abuse is not class specific and can occur in any race, age group, economic or educational level, or nationality.
Causes of Domestic Violence
There is not a clear reason why domestic violence exists. It may be a learned behavior. There are many varcharacteristics and risk factors involved to describe the typical male abuser. There are also many men with the same attributes that do not become abusive.
Signs and Symptoms of Domestic Violence
Symptoms in female victims include: physical injuries to the body, broken bones, bruises, burns, choking, bites, and rape. Injuries occur on the head, neck, chest, abdomen, breasts and on the arms to deflect blows. Other symptoms are: chronic pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, psychological problems and suicidal thoughts. Symptoms in the male abuser: anger, suspicious, tense, moody behaviors, varcharming, periods of affection, pathological jealousy, fear of abandonment, lack of assertiveness, possessiveness and fear of dependence, watches wife closely, keeps her away from her friends, makes violent threats and may play with guns or knives.
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