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Domestic Violence - an Overview
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.63

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    judgmental, aggression, unexplained, oneself, middle-class, abusive, rape, racial, hyde, writing, better, unaware, suicide, society, relationship, gender
     content words:    Hypersensitivity Cruelty
Domestic Violence - an Overview

By Brenda B. Covert
1     Domestic violence involves physical aggression and verbal assaults within a family unit. Not all that long ago, people considered domestic violence to be a private matter, and nobody wanted to get involved in stopping it. Today, spouse and child abuse is against the law in all 50 states.
 
2     Who commits this type of crime? Is it confined to certain groups? No. Family violence knows no racial, economic, or religious boundaries. The abuser's skin color can be any shade from black to white and everything in between. The abuser may be rich, poor, or middle-class. The abuser may be active in religious circles or may have no religious faith at all. Abusers are typically male, but women can be abusers, too.
 
3     There are four types of abuse. Battered women may experience any combination of these. Their children will experience at least one form of abuse. Those four categories are as follows:
 
4     Verbal. This involves yelling, insulting, and/or threatening.
 
5     Psychological. This includes fear, guilt, and depression, and is the result of verbal abuse.
 
6     Physical. This is any act that produces pain, such as pushing, punching, slapping, or pinching.
 
7     Sexual. This involves unwanted sexual advances, including rape.
 
8     Domestic violence usually falls into a pattern. This is called a cycle of violence. It is easy to recognize. It goes like this:
 
9     Stage 1 - This is when the tension in the home or relationship is building; you can feel it, but you can't stop it.

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