Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?”…any behavior that is intended to control and subjugate another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal or physical assaults…the persecution of one partner by another”. (Susan Forward, Ph.D.) This includes physical violence, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.How common is domestic violence?”Domestic violence is an unacknowledged epidemic in our society.” (Donna Shalala, Health and Human Services) In April 1994, she announced that there are 4 million reported instances of domestic violence every year.

Why is domestic violence so common?

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) says “Battering is an issue of crime, health, safety, ethics, politics, systems, choices, economics, and socialization. It is an issue of individual, institutional, and cultural significance.”

Not only must individual thinking and behavior change if battering is to be stopped, but social and cultural values that allow battering and perpetuate it must change as well. Ingrained social stereotypes support tolerance of abuse in families.

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