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Maternity Ch 9 Violence & Abuse

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Violence occurs in all socioeconomic classes *Violence is a learned behavior and can be changed. The presence of drugs and alcohol can make a bad problem worse
*In the past, our patriarchal legal system afforded men the right to physically chastise their wives and children; we no longer live under that system. Women and children are no longer considered the property of men, and violence against them is a crime in every state
One in four women will be victims of violence Battering is a pattern of coercion and control that one person exerts over another.
*It is repeated using a number of tactics, including intimidation, threats, physical injury, economic deprivation, isolation, and sexual abuse.
*The various forms of abuse utilized by batterers help maintain power and control over their victims
*Women stay in the abusive relationship because they feel they have no options
*Abusers often seem normal and do not appear to suffer from personality disorders or other forms of mental illness
*One in five women is physically abused during pregnancy.
*The effects of violence on infant outcomes can include preterm delivery, fetal distress, low birth weight, and child abuse
*Women may be willing to blame themselves for someone else's bad behavior, but nobody deserves to be beaten
*The police, justice system, and society are beginning to make IPV socially unacceptable
*There is as much IPV in the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender population as in heterosexual relationships with the added psychological abuse of "outing" (when one partner threatens to disclose the others sexual preference in an effort to maintain power and control)