Overview

As Americans struggle to get though hard times many find themselves reaching limits in their emotions. Yet, some-grew up with the abuse and anger. It is unknown what happens in every American's life, but domestic abuse is a demon in the closet that plagues millions from different races, creeds, and genders. Domestic abuse is the act of abusive behaviors from various sources. It cannot be placed as a problem that is only faced by one race or gender in America, but as everyones problem.
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Abuse in women

92% of women report of serious abuse from their spouse or significant other yearly. (University of Buffalo independent study) Even though some women are considered the breadwinners of the household many cannot stand up to abuse. Sadly, many women especially those in working class families grew up with abuse. Many begin to see abuse early in their lives around the age of 15, yet the common age reaches all the way to 44. (Domestic Abuse Facts) Vignette { OMG I don't want to be abused!} Being abused in their adult life is just a fact of life to them,and they continue to let it happen each day. 25% of women report domestic abuse just their pregnancy. (Domestic Abuse Facts) Nearly all women of equal race are vulnerable to violence by their partner. Fear is what keeps many women from turning their husbands or significant others in, or running away to a shelter. Abuse in American homes started many years ago. For centuries it was known that a man ruled the house. A man could demand anything from his wife and he was allowed to disapline her if she stepped out of line. The man was always the main bread winner and that also made him the ultimate ruler. Women were only known as the breeder. It was also known that womens main duty in life was totake care of her husband and if they had any children. Women were not able to find jobs to help support their families so they would not have a say in the way they could spend their money. Men could hit their wives even in public. Domestic abuse could also be kicking, biting,shoving,restraining,slapping, and even throwing objects. There have been many reports that say alchol has been a huge part in domestic abuse. Domestic abuse has come a long way in many years. It has almost been said that "Domestic violence has grown old" (NCPEA). Now women work just as much as men if not more and therfore expect to be treated with respect. There are many groups that are there to help women get out of relationships that their husbands have started being abusive to them. There are also reports of men being abused by their wives. There have been many reports of domestic violence against the elderly. They may have been in a strained relationship or even had emotional abuse earlier that got worse with age. Abuse has come a very long way and is really not tolerated anymore. There are many people that are there to help anyone who needs to get out of a relationship either a women, man, or even the elderly. In 2004 there were nearly 1500 rescue shelters in the United States alone. ( Domestic Abuse Facts) Feeling belittled, many women cannot deal with their problems, and their mental health is at risk. 1 out of 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point of their life. (Domestic Abuse Facts)

Abuse in children

Children are always the victim in domestic abuse. Nearly 60% of children in America are victim to abuse in their ownexternal image 23379611.gif house. Vingette: { Precious Pain } 30% is directed only to children by the parents. (Domestic Abuse Facts) Like women, the children's voice is always silenced due to fear and embarrassment. Children exposed to abuse are more like to have behavior issues, for example they are more likely to act out in school in fights. They are also more likely to have emotional problems like low self esteem, or they blame themselves for their parents mistakes. In the end, they are more likely to continue the cycle of abuse into their adult lives. One out of 10 police calls to due to domestic abuse involve a child in the home. ( Domestic Abuse Facts)

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When one hears about domestic abuse it is a common norm to asume that a man is behind the case, yet that is not always the truth. In 100 reported cases 40 were filed by men against their wives or significant other. (Oregon Psychology Consoling) There is very little information about the men's abuse typically because it is more of a verbal abuse than physical. Although, the more verbal abuse that gets passed it will eventually lead to physical attacks. Men are also take verbal abuse harder than physical, because it attacks there social stance. (Oregon Psychology Consoling)

Causes of abuse in America

In troubling economic times abuse comes from fear and anger towards everyday life. For instance, out of work families struggle to keep a roof over head and food on the table, so anger builds as they struggle to stay balanced. People of a lower income estimated at 25K or less are 3 times more likely of intimate partner abuse. This is compared to those with a higher annual income. (Domestic Abuse Facts) Money is not always the direct cause of abuse in American homes. Alcohol and drug abuse play a large part in domestic abuse due to their effects on the abusers brain and mental health.

By: Kathleen Hauge In respone to the article "Domestic Abuse in African American homes

References

Domestic Violence: Fast Facts on Domestic Violence." Welcome to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Web. 17 Apr. 2011. <http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/domviol/facts.htm>.
"Domestic Violence Against Men." Oregon Counseling, Psychotherapy, Counseling, Therapy, Information, Education, Referral, Research. Web. 17 Apr. 2011. <http://www.oregoncounseling.org/Handouts/DomesticViolenceMen.htm>.
Donovan, Patricia. "Jan. 16, 1997-Vol28n16: Domestic Violence Found in Stable White Families." University at Buffalo. Web. 17 Apr. 2011. http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/archives/vol28/vol28n16/n9.html.

"Domestic Violence". National Committe for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA).
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