Life Can Not Be Better

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Imagine being a twenty-five-year old female straight out of college. You have been in a relationship for approximately one year with a boy you met at school. You both do everything together; from walking the dog you adopted to going on mini vacations. Life could not be better; until one day you come home to find out your boyfriend is drunk and infuriated because he was fired from his dream job. Being the supportive girlfriend that you are, you attempt to calm him down. You believe it to help the situation, but it only makes matters worse. Instead of continuing to drink his problems away, he takes his aggression out on you. He squeezes your wrist to the point where it leaves a mark when you reach to remove the bottle from his hand. You leave the room to process what has just happened. When the alcohol wears off, he promises it will never happen again and blames it on his bad day. You accept his apology because you are in love with him, and understand he was just trying to let some of his frustration out. You believe he would never intentionally try to hurt you. For approximately three million women each year, domestic violence is a factor they cannot or will not escape from. Domestic violence negatively impacts women by giving them a sense of social discomfort, hindering their feeling of independence, fogging their mental clarity, and leaving long term physical and mental damages. Domestic violence negatively affects women mentally. Experiencing any abuse or attack can lead to serious mental health problems. For example, Intermediate Partner Violence, which can cause problems with drugs or alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and behaviors (ptsd, 1). Post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to flashbacks and nightmares ... ... middle of paper ... ... Addictive Behavior. Womenshealth. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. News, ABC. "Live Blog: The Health Impact of Domestic Violence." ABC News. ABC News Network, 05 Nov. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." Intimate Partner Violence -. US Department of Veteran Affairs. Web. 23 Apr. 2016. Steiner, Leslie Morgan. "Why Domestic Violence Victims Don 't Leave." Leslie Morgan Steiner:. Ted, Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. Tolman, R.M. & Rosen, D. (2001). Domestic Violence in the Lives of Women Receiving Welfare: Mental Health, Substance Dependence, and Economic WellBeing. Violence Against Women. 7 (2): 146 "Trauma, Mental Health and Domestic Violence." Home. Fcadv. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. Truman, Jennifer L., and Rachel E. Morgan. Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012. N.p.: U.S. Department of Justice, n.d. Nonfatal Domestic Violence 2003-2012. Apr. 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.
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