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Transcript of Domestic Violence
signs of abuse: anxious and afraid
signs of an abuser: jealousy, temper, possessive, powerful, and controlling.
a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
-Office on Violence Against Women
Domestic violence is a serious and widespread problem that affects all economic, educational, social, geographic, racial, ethnic, and regional groups.
-American Journal on Public Health
What types exist?
What is it?
"The perpetrator's abusive behavior is reinforced by the socially sanctioned belief that men have the right to control women in relationships and the right to use force to ensure that control."
Who is are the Abusers?
"domestic violence can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied," (helpguide.org).
"Violence can happen to anyone no matter their culture, religion, or social class," (domesticviolence.org).
> 1 in every 4 American women suffer from being physically or sexually abused.
> More than 3 million children witness this abuse every year.
> Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.
> Census Report of 2011
Types of Abuse
Men cannot be abused.
Ms.Magazine had an article in Spring/Summer 2012 with a collection of stories this article is titled "I can handle it"
Carie Charlesworth fired from teaching because of concerns about husband but has created a new law
> "Studies show children who are exposed to abuse are most likely to have health problems such as headaches, stomachaches, and be lethargic," (Safehorizon.org).
Stress and anger lead to violence
If the victim didn't like it, she/he would leave
Couples counseling is the solution for domestic violence
Batterers are violent in all of their relationships
Find a safe place (domestic violence shelter)
Have a safety plan
File for protective order
Call police if you suspect domestic violence
Speak out, take action, & inform others
Reach out to support victims
Abusers are not easy to spot.
There is no 'typical' abuser.
In public, they may appear friendly and loving to their partner and family.
They often only abuse behind closed doors.
They also try to hide the abuse by causing injuries that can be hidden and do not need a doctor.
Abusers often have low self-esteem.
They do not take responsibility for their actions.
They may even blame the victim for causing the violence.
In 1994 the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed
All acts of domestic violence are felonies
Can no longer possess a firearm after conviction
Prison term can be up to 10 years
Must pay for victims full amount of loses
Knowledge of court proceedings
To attend court proceedings unless unadvised by the court
Knowledge about conviction
Emergency Protective Order
Temporary Protective Order
"Permanent" Restraining Order
Criminal Protective Order
Madrando, Autumn "I Handled it" Ms. Magazine (2012). 52-55
Newcomb, Alyssa. "sNew Law Protects Domestic Violence Victims' After California Teacher was Fired" ABC news (2013).
"Federal Domestic Violence Laws" accessed November 14. http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/documents/federallaws.pdf
"Domestic Violence" accessed November 14. http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-domesticviolence.htm
American Journal of Public Health. Mar 1993, Vol. 83 Issue 3, p458-463. 6p
Injured for no specific reason
wears long sleeves in the summer
limited access to money, family, and friends
rarely seen with out partner
Depression, anxiety, suicidal, over thinking