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    By: Sharon Barnes
    • Under most state laws, domestic violence is defined as any physical abuse, or thereat of abuse between intimately involved partners, roommates, or family members.
    • 3. The first attested use of the expression “domestic violence” in a modern context, meaning “spouse abuse, or violence in the home” was in 1977.
    • 4. Since then violence between spouses has long been considered a serious problem.
    Domestic violence is a very complex form of violence, and it involves different forms of abuse.
    These forms of abuse are:
  • Verbal Abuse
    Verbal abuse may be:
    • overt(angry outbursts/name-calling)
    • 7. covert (very subtle comments).
    Overt verbal abuse involves blaming and accusatory. This can be consequently confusing to the partner.
    Covert verbal abuse, which is hidden aggression, is even more confusing to the partner.
    Verbal abuse is also manipulative, controlling, and insidious.
  • 8. Emotional Abuse
    • Emotional abuse is brainwashing, and eventually the abuse causes the individual to lose all sense of self and remnants of personal value.
    • 9. Abuse feeds off control, therefore when the abuse reaches this stage, the abuser recognizes his dominance and begins to control his partner’s decisions making, in regards to their role in society.
    • 10. It is then when the partner has an unclear perspective of what their role is in this economy.
    • 11. They began to depend on the decisions made by the abuser, concerning their resources. This strategy leads to economic abuse.
  • Economic Abuse
    Economic abuse is a very rare form of abuse and can have a lifelong impact on a person, even after the abusive relationship has ended.
    Abuse is a tactic that is design to control and subjugate other human beings thoughts, and often times the abuser is just repeating a cycle of abuse that they witnessed or endured as a child
    • The public often associates domestic violence with the abuser being a man, which is a huge misconception.
    • 13. This is because there are women who also abuse men.
    • 14. In 100 domestic violence situations, approximately 40 cases involved violence by women against men.
    • 15. The largest percent of batters are men.
    • 16. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention found that 70% of adolescents who lived in families with parental conflict committed violent acts, compared to 49% of adolescence from households without conflict
  • Awareness
    There are several indications of domestic abuse that may enable you to detect an abusive spouse or individual.
    If your spouse shows extreme jealousy towards you and wants to keep you isolated, it is a chance that they may be abusive.
    If your spouse has an inability to cope with stress, blames you and others for their problems, presents a history of personal family discord, such as, unemployment, cruelty to animals, abuse of alcohol (or other substances), and exhibits unexplained behavior; it's safe to say that he or she has tension that is building up, and their next action will probably be an detrimental one.
  • 17. Works Cited
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    “Economic Abuse.” Montana Law Help. n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.
    “Emotional Abuse.” Montana Law Help. n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 20110.
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