Essay on Intimate Partner Violence
In the U.S. the average number of domestic violence cases that are reported per year is 134,903 (National Domestic Violence Hotline, 2012). Domestic violence is present throughout all the United States, whether the people of society recognize it, or it is under the radar and not seen. Domestic violence is a power that is misused by one adult in a relationship in order to control another. Domestic/partner violence is used to show dominance over the other. it is often assumed domestic violence only happens to women, but it is known that men do experience domestic violence. society tells us that men can’t be victims of abuse: We know that 1 in 10 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and yet, we also hear from our male contacts that they are simply not believed or taken seriously when reporting the abuse to family members, friends or law enforcement. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner, so violence can and does happen to men too. The national crime victimization study shows between 2003 and 2012 about 24 percent of domestic violence survivors are men. Domestic violence against men is real and it often takes the same form of violence women experience. Domestic violence happens in May ways for both men and women. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, and more.
Men just like women experience physical and emotional abuse as well as sexual abuse. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm. For example, when having a conversation that turns into an argument that includes hitting, slapping, punching, choking, pushing, burning, and other types of contact that result in physical injury to the victim. In most case when a man or woman go through any kind of physical abuse it will most likely to include emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can include humiliating the man/woman privately or publicly, it can include verbal abuse and any behavior that threatens, intimidates, undermines the victim’s self-worth or self-esteem, or controls the victim’s freedom.
Socioeconomic status has been identified as a risk factor for domestic violence (Kyriacou, et al, 1999). It is true that Domestic violence is epidemic and affects families all over the place, and it uses systematic use of violence and abuse as a form to gain power and to control a partner who is current or past. It is important to be able to identify socioeconomic status as a risk factor for domestic violence because it is important for developing appropriate resources and interventions to fight the problem. There is no possible way to fic domestic violence as a one-person job. It is a community issue and it will need to be tackled as such.
Male victims of domestic violence, just like female victims, often deal with intense self-doubt and anxiety before reaching out for help. Victims may fear their abusers will seek retribution if they go to the police, or they feel great uncertainty about leaving their home for temporary safe house shelter. Men and women can both experience these kinds of worries. Trust is essential to the development of healthy, secure, and satisfying relationships (Simpson, 2007a). When there is trust and attachment anxiety it might create different types of jealousy and physical and emotional abuse. One of the most important concerns with relationship dependence and security is the foundation of attachment theory is based on whether individuals feel comfortable trusting others and whether partners can serve as a secure base. For example, securely attached individuals tend to believe that they are worthy of love and that close others can be trusted and counted on. In most cases, attachment anxiety is seen and characterized in a negative way when it comes to the way individuals see him/herself.
It can be emotionally draining and stressful to work with victims of physical, emotional, financial, or psychological abuse, but working as a human service professional will allow and give chance to help others in unique and meaningful ways, possibly helping victims change the courses of their lives. When it comes to working with men who are experiencing Domestic violence, I believe I can offer a wide range of services to help them free themselves. I will be able to show them how to screening for domestic violence, helping make plans to protect them, and helping them find needed services like housing and counseling, Men are always I think going to have the hardest time to come out and they are being abused because of what society believes the man is. Men are not likely to seek help for problems that their larger community deems non-normative or determines that they should be able to solve or control themselves (Addis & Mihalik, 2003). I think It is really important for me as a human service professional to make them see no matter what society says and just because they are men that don’t mean they have to stay silent. As a human service professional, it is my job to make sure the stigma that is over a man being a certain way doesn’t affect the chance of my client getting help.