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Domestic Violence Awarenesss: Explained

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Abuse may begin with behaviors that may easily be dismissed or downplayed such as name-calling, threats, possessiveness, or distrust. Abusers may apologize profusely for their actions or try to convince the person they are abusing that they do these things out of love or care. However, violence and control always intensifies over time with an abuser, despite the apologies. What may start out as something that was first believed to be harmless (e.g., wanting the victim to spend all their time only with them because they love them so much) escalates into extreme control and abuse (e.g., threatening to kill or hurt the victim or others if they speak to family, friends, etc.).   Continue reading from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Impact on Children and Youth

Many children exposed to violence in the home are also victims of physical abuse. Children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at greater risk of being violent in their future relationships. Children in homes where one parent is abused may feel fearful and anxious. They may always be on guard, wondering when the next violent event will happen. This can cause them to react in different ways, depending on their age:  Continue reading from Office of Women's Health

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Resources from the Library Collection
Link to A troubled marriage by Leigh Goodmark in the catalog
Link to Women with Controlling Partners by Carol Lambert in the catalog
Link to The Burning Bed DVD in Hoopla
Link to Finding your voice by Mannette Morgan in the catalog
Link to Smart, successful & abused by Angela Mailis in the catalog
Link to  Login to Download Running on Empty No More by Jonice Webb
Link to See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill in Freading
Link to Provoke Not Your Children by Carol Provo in Freading
Link to  Login to Download Discovering My Scars by Stephanie Kostopoulos, in Freading
Link to What to Do When Love Turns Violent by Marian Betancourt in Freading
Link to Running on empty by Jonice Webb with Christine Musello. in the catalog
Link to The high-conflict custody battle  by Amy J. L. Baker, J. Michael Bone and Brian Ludmer in the catalog
Link to Strengthening Families And Ending Abuse in Hoopla
Link to Hope For Healing From Domestic Abuse by Karen DeArmond Gardner in Hoopla
Link to Emotional Blackmail by Susan Forward and Donna Frazier in Hoopla
Link to Adult Children Of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson in Hoopla
Link to But It's Your Family by Sherrie Campbell in Hoopla