According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of domestic violence is “the inflicting of physical injury by one family member or household member on another; also: a repeated/habitual pattern of such behavior. http://www.womenslaw.org/domesticviolence
The term “intimate partner”(IPV)” is often used synonymously with domestic abuse/domestic violence. Family violence is a much broader definition, often used to include child abuse, elder abuse and other violent acts between family members. http://austintherapyworks.org/abuse
Wife,child, elder, as well as intimate partner abuse most often occurs and leads to severe beatings or battery of some sort. These descriptive terms have been around for a very long period of time but have recently lost their popularity for several reasons.
- There is acknowledgement that many victims are not actually married to the abuser, but rather cohabitable or some other living arrangement.
- Abuse can take other forms besides physical
- Other forms of abuse may be constant while physical abuse only happens occasionally
- Males as well as females may be victims of domestic violence, this includes same-sex relationships
Intimate partner violence types
- Common couple violence(CCV)
- Intimate terrorism(IT)
- Violent resistance(VR)
- Mutual violent control(MCV)
Forms of abuse for both male and female adults
Cycles of abuse
- Tension building phase
- Violent episodes
- Honeymoon phase
Causes and effects of domestic violence from these cycles of abuse
1) On children
- Jealous rages
- Long-term effects
2) On responders
- Vicarious trauma
- Jealous rages
- Burn-out episodes
A perfect example would be the well-known Jersey brawl of Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey. http://www.womenthrive.org/abuse As you read the article from Weekly US, you will see the warning signs as stated above, especially the tension building phase and violent episodes. http://evefoundation.org/abuse The anger and bickering is continuous as you read about how “The Joes” rumbled at the baptism from season 3 premiere. As the long-term effects continue, Caroline Manzo supposedly unleashed her fury from the season 3 reunion on the Bravo Channel.
Violence of any kind is never OK. People need to seek help immediately before a person really gets hurt. Another perfect example would be Jennifer Lopez in the movie Enough and Julia Roberts in the film Sleeping with the Enemy. Regardless, if a person has to continue working, auditioning, socializing, visit their parents, friends or just take care of their children, they can still attempt to hide their bruises, lacerations and contusions. Their physical appearance can be altered with the help from Avon beauty products. http://www.avon.com/mark The make-up will help their physical appearance so they make look as beautiful as a little china girl but it will never help their inside afflictions that the violence may cause. Please seek help if you are a victim of any type of violence or abuse, no matter what your age group may be. With the help of counseling and a little make-up, this can bring a smile to any victim’s face, even if it is just for a little while. You can also show your domestic violence spirit by giving donations to the appropriate agencies so that they may reach out to other victims before it is to late. You can purchase mugs, t-shirts, and have a nail salon design your nails to show that you care. A lot of prayer is sent out with this article. I can only hope that it may reach someone that may be a victim of domestic violence and that they may seek help before the violence escalates into an even more violent crime.