Family violence is become more and more prevalent in the United States. This is a situation where one or more family members inflict either emotional or physical harm on other members of the family unit. The basic core of this violent behavior revolves are the abuser’s need from control and power.
This violence and abuse can come in many forms:
–Physical abuse that includes punching or slapping, kicking, hitting or even burning.
–Emotional abuse that can take the form of insults, threats and harassment.
–Sexual abuse includes rape, incest and other such violence.
The abuser has learned to use many forms of abuse to reduce the victim’s security and empowerment. The abuser may use the threat of physical harm, such as threatening to kill his victim. Many abusers threaten to cut the victim off from any monetary support. Others will use a threat to the safety of the children to abuse his victim.
Abuse can also take the form of isolation. An abuse will cut the victim off from friends and family and not allow them to see or talk to each other. The victim may not be able to even leave the house and may not be allowed to be work.
Intimidation of the victim is also another tactic of the abuser. The abuser may abuse the family pet, brandish guns or weapons and may destroy household objects. Verbal abuse can also play a role in the abuse, with the abuser hurling insults and name calling at the victim.
Abuse traditional has three cycles or stages that often times reoccurs again and again, as the victim is often either unwilling or unable to leave the abuse. In the first stage, tensions begin to build between the abuser and the victim. The actual abuse occurs during the second stage, followed by remorse and apologies by the abuser in the third stage.