The Gravity of Domestic Violence in America

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For generations, the gravity of domestic violence in America has been disregarded and glossed over; perhaps it is because 60 percent of all domestic violence takes place at home. Domestic violence is defined as, the situation in which an intimate partner or someone you live with attacks you and tries to hurt you, often including physical assault, sexual assault, and bullying. “Every year, more than 3 million children witness violence' class='brand-secondary'>domestic violence in their homes.” (safehorizon.org) Domestic violence at home is altering the psychological state of children, creating a huge impact on their lives and their future.
Other titles we commonly hear describing domestic violence are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and extortion, but physical abuse or force is the most well-known form. This consists of punching, kicking, pushing, attacking, and more. According to government research, physical abuse is more likely to occur at home than anywhere else. “About three-fourths of all family violence occurred in or near the victim's residence.” (bjs.gov) Perhaps this is the reason that most cases of physical abuse are never reported; the toll on a child to keep this kind of secrecy can range from social impairment to violent behavior.
Although physical abuse is the most recognized form of domestic violence, sexual abuse on a child is the most common, and despite the fact that 91 percent of sexual abuse is committed by a non-family member, it still takes place in the child’s home. This kind of activity can drastically change the behavior and judgment of children with their sexuality, self-esteem, and overall outlook on life.
Emotional abuse and extortion strongly relate to bullying. This includes verbal abuse and forceful actions. Children...

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...child depends on the severity of the violence, and all the circumstances in a child’s life. Domestic violence certainly can have a huge impact on the life of a child, but it is up to you on how you can make a difference in a one’s life.

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