The Roles Of Interpersonal Violence And Domestic Violence

analytical Essay
1769 words
1769 words

Domestic violence has been engrained in our society for centuries. Before 1871, there were no policies or regulations that protected women, let alone men or same-sex partners from domestic violence (DV) or interpersonal violence (IPV). In 1871 “Alabama rescinded the ‘husbandly’ right to physically punish a spouse (Fulgrahm vs. State, 46 Ala. 143)” (Barner and Carney, 2011, pp235). Prior to that “based on the colonial system of English Common Law, statutes addressing the commission of violent acts including assault, battery, and neglect of a spouse were not common in the United States” (Barner and Carney, 2011, p. 235). In 2016, DV and IPV continue to have a significant impact on client’s lives and well-being.
Some DV survivors can experience …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that spirituality promotes healing, growth, and strength. maria harris outlined several steps of the spiritual process that help dv survivors.
  • Explains the importance of safety planning at community mental health centers. uspstf recommends routine ipv screening for women of childbearing age in the health care setting.
  • Argues that the role of counselors in treating clients with dv and ipv is very important.
  • Explains maria harris' holistic approach to helping clients rebuild their lives, develop and live in new roles, and take back the power taken from them by the abuser.
  • Explains that agencies and counselors also provide support as acting as advocates by increasing public awareness and improving policy and regulation that protect the abused.

Hallmark signs of an abuser or perpetrator often are issues of power and control. Pence and Paymar (1993) suggests that relationship violence is rooted in “patriarchal” societal learning, rather than a constellation of cognitive or emotional triggers (p 7–8) (Barner and Carney, 2011, p. 236). This implies that the abuse can be a learned behavior supported by religion and general societal gender role expectations such as men being the head of the family and women being submissive. This theory accounts for some abusers but not all. Abusers can be both men and women. It is noted that characteristics of abusers can be an entitlement, poor impulse control, emotional regulation, and judgment, or lacking in empathy or compassion for others. It is also true that abusers or perpetrators can be identified as someone who has been abused in their past and is suffering from ego and self-esteem issues.
Victims are of all cultures, all sexual orientation, and all age and class. Hallmark signs of the victim are women or man that are isolated, controlled as well as physically, emotionally, or verbally harmed. Victims can have the tendency to cater to their partner, be hypervigilant, anxious, afraid to make any mistakes. Victims can be those that have early life exposures to violence and other traumas may also play a role in predicting both violence and depression, (Devries, …show more content…

It is common practice to have policy and regulations amongst Community Mental Health Centers to screen regularly for any violence of abuse in health care settings. It can be more dangerous for a DV victim to leave their abusive relationship then it is to stay. It is also true that it can be quite dangerous to remain in the abusive relationship as well, making safety planning imperative. The resources and support at CMHC’s include the collaboration of safety planning between the professional and client, entailing general and specific strategies to promote the client’s safety (Campbell 2002; Melbin 2010; Murray and Graves 2012). This process should involve a conversation that empowers and promotes the client’s autonomy (Murray et al, 2015, p.382). The US Preventive Service Task Force’s (USPSTF) recognizes the important of safety planning and assessment. USPSTF recommends routine IPV screening for women of childbearing age in the health care setting (Moyer, 2013). This will allow health care professionals to appropriately refer abused women to community resources with follow-up integrated into the process. (Gilroy 2014, p. 208). For example, some agencies provided standardized informational documents to clients during safety planning, and others completed interactive forms that could be tailored to the unique needs of each client (Murray et al, 2015, p.

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