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Domestic Violence

refers to several types of domestic conflicts.

CDC Domestic Violence report

Between 1976-1985 16,595 were killed by spouses.

Battered woman's age ranges

16-56 years with the median age being 29.

19-64 with median age being 33

Ages of Men who batter and abuse women

10%

Domestic violence is reported

9%

Accounts for domestic violence homicides

58.1%

White Batterers

63%

Battered White women

39.7%

African American Batterers

37%

Battered African American

2.2%

Other Race Batterers

2.1 Million

Domestic Violence injuries to women

29%

Domestic Violence caused by spouses

25%

violent couples in which the sole abuser is a woman

15%

Intimate Violence

27%

Domestic Violence by live-in partners / former spouses, boy/girlfriends

8%

Domestic Violence by other relatives & in-laws

60%

Domestic Violence with a weapon

12%

Americans that engage in minor acts of violence against their mates

3%-4%

Americans are abusive in a manner defined as "severe'

Farrah Faucett/James Orr Story

USA Today Patricia Pearsons free-lance writer living in Toronto.

8 times

The rate in which women suffer injury that of men in domestic disputes

30,000

the number of recorded domestic violence related injuries for men published by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1997

Violence

is more about inclination than physical size

Physical Aggression by women is acceptable

Aboriginal Australia, parts of Venezuela, or Somalia.

Straus and Gelles

About 25% of domestic aggression is exclusively male

Garrison & Pate 1977

interpersonal power theory stipulates that one person perceives the other as having power over their behavior

Walker 1978

Battered Woman Syndrome linked to lack of power in the relationship

McNeely & Robinson 1987 & Steinmetz

Battered Husband Syndrome linked to lack of power in the relationship

Coleman 1980

Adults learn abusive and violent behavior by observing their parents in violent conflicts at home.

Roy 1977, Pagellow 1979 & Carlson 1977

The psychological perspective attributes personality disorders and as the root cause of battering

Intimidation

Putting her in fear by using looks, actions, gestures, loud voice, smashing things, destroying her property.

Isolation

Controlling what he/she does, what he/she sees and talks to, where he/she goes.

Emotional Abuse

Putting him/her down or making him/her feel bad about himself/herself, calling him/her names. Making him/her think he/she is crazy. Playing mind games.

Economic Abuse-

Trying to keep him/her from getting or keeping a job. Making him/her ask for money, giving him/her an allowance, or talking his/her money.

Sexual Abuse-

Making him/her do sexual things against his/her will. Physically attacking the sexual parts of his/her body. Treating him/her like a sex object.

Using Children-

Making him/her feel guilty about the children, using the children to give messages, using visitation as a way to harass him/her.

Threats-

Making and/or carrying out threats to do something to hurt him/her emotionally, threaten to take the children, commit suicide, or report her to welfare.

Using Male Privilege-

Treating her like a servant. Making all the "big" decisions. Acting like the "master of the castle."

Negotiation and Fairness

Seeking mutually satisfying resolutions to conflict - accepting change - being willing to comprise.

Non Threating Behavior

Talking and acting so that he/she feels safe and comfortable expressing him/herself and doing things.

Respect

Listening to him/her non-judgmentally, being emotionally affirming and understanding, valuing opinions.

Trust and Support

Supporting his/her goals in life, respecting his/her right to her own feelings, friends, activities and opinions.

Honesty and Accountability

Accepting responsibility for self, acknowledging past use of violence, admitting being wrong, communicating openly and truthfully.

Responsible Parenting

Sharing parental responsibilities, being a positive non-violent role model for the children.

Shared Responsibility

Mutually agreeing on a fair distribution of work, making family decisions together.

Economic Partnership

Making money decisions together, making sure both partners benefit from financial arrangements.

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