There Should be no Room for Cruelty, Especially in the Home

Violence in the home is one of the most common causes of injuries to a spouse and the cause of psychological trauma and guilt feeling in many children, who are witnesses to this form of harmful, unlawful behavior.

Every year, close to 10 million incidences of domestic abuse and violence are committed in the US. Victims include both male and female, majority of whom, though are female aged between 16 and 34. This type of violence can be in the form of emotional abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse and/or sexual abuse. The perpetrator is, of course, one’s intimate partner and the purpose – to have complete dominance over the other.

An abused partner can suffer many different forms of repeated injurious attacks from his/her partner. He/she may by slapped, punched, kicked, forced to use drugs or alcohol, grabbed painfully on different parts of the body, refused medical care or treatment, criticized, treated indifferently, forced to perform sexual acts, injured on his/her private parts, and so many others.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of his/her age, religion, nationality, professional standing, educational attainment, financial status, etc.; and anyone can also be a perpetrator, so long as he/she has the capability and the thoughtlessness to humiliate, threaten, terrorize, intimidate and greatly frighten his/her partner until that partner loses his/her feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, becoming fully submissive to all the domineering partner’s wishes and commands.

Victims of domestic violence often tend to becoming problematic, embarrassed and always hesitant to act, and withdrawn. But while the victim suffers greatly, so do the children who become witnesses of the acts of cruelty.

Studies have shown and proven that children themselves, who are raised in families wherein domestic violence is a common occurrence tend to harbor so much guilt within themselves for failing to defend their parent from the abusive other parent. Sadly, instead of seeking outside help, due to the guilt and, probably, fear, children suffer the same results of withdrawal and incisiveness as their abused parent.

Domestic violence was codified as a crime only in the 1970s. Because of the nature of laws, it is possible for an individual to appear to be a perpetrator of domestic violence without actually being in any violation. A Columbia criminal defense lawyer can help those who are incorrectly accused of these actions defend his or her name in the eyes of the law.

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