Domestic Violence Case Study

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Domestic violence can generally be defined as the use of intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, verbal abuse, or any other abusive behavior as a means of power or control over someone by one intimate partner against another. Domestic violence includes a wide range of violence such as physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence will vary between each couple and in each pattern of violence. It is important to note that everyone is a potential victim of domestic violence. This is not a problem that effects one gender or one ethnic group. Individuals in every setting, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or ethnicity is a potential victim. Domestic violence can be accompanied by controlling behavior, a constant suspicion and groundless…show more content…
They never know when the violence will start and they do not know how long the reconciliation stage will last. They end up living their lives in fear that at any moment the tension will build to the breaking point and violence will ensue. After years of this fearful routine domestic violence victims can start to show symptoms of mental health issues. They may begin to suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other disorders. One study found that one-third of the psychiatric diagnoses were attributable to domestic violence in the life of the patient for those included in the study (Roberts, Lawrence, Williams & Raphael, 1998).Mental illness is defined as a psychological syndrome which causes distress or disability. Normal responses such as grief from the loss of a loved one, fear of dangerous things and anxiety over stressful events are not included in this. Mental illness also can effect anyone regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or
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