October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There is a great deal to be understood about domestic violence. This blog explores some important facts. Dating Abuse Fast Facts Domestic Violence Estimates vary, but researchers say date and acquaintance rape may account for 70 percent of all sexual. college women and 1 in 10 college men may be victims of sexual dating violence. (Murray, C, Kardatzke, K. Dating violence among college students: key .
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When they are not being abusive, abusers are often described as loving, playful, affectionate, attentive, and sensitive partners. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
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Dating violence among college students: Legal Response to Teen Dating Violence. Family Law Quarterly, 29, 2, Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. American Psychological Association, Violence and the Family: The cycle consists of three phases: The tension building phase is as it sounds. Tension begins to increase between the two partners, small arguments may occur.
The tension keeps buidling, much like a rubber band being stretched. There are many reasons that can lead an individual to stay in a relationship with someone who is abusing them. In most cases, the abuser is not always abusive. Abusers are unable to control their behavior. Violent behavior is a choice. Abusers use violence to control their partners. Relationship violence is a result of abusers using control, not losing control. Their actions are very deliberate. Abusers choose to be violent toward their partners in ways they would never consider treating other people.
Stress is a major cause of relationship violence. Everyone experiences stress in their lives at some point, but the reality is that not everyone is abusive toward their partners.
In other words, relationship violence is not caused by stress. Relationship violence is more common in heterosexual relationships than in LGBT relationships. Members of the LGBT community are less likely to report incidents of relationship violence; however, it is estimated that 1 in 4 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are abused by a partner.
All statistical data and estimates of LGBT domestic violence are proportionate to heterosexual domestic violence statistics. Relationship violence occurs most often among low-income families. Studies of domestic violence consistently have found that partner abuse occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level, or race.
However, the fact that lower income victims and abusers are over-represented in calls to police, domestic violence shelters, and social services may be due to a lack of other resources. Relationship violence is rarely a one-time occurrence and usually increases in frequency and severity. All forms of relationship violence, including verbal abuse, can have serious effects on the health and well-being of the person who is targeted by the violence.
Relationship violence is a private matter. Rather than being a personal problem, relationship violence has significant effects on individuals and on the entire community. If people who are being abused wanted help, they would ask for help. Those who are targeted by abuse might not feel comfortable bringing up the issue. They might feel that they will not be understood or believed or that they will be judged.