Nearly one in every four woman are beaten or raped by a partner in adulthood. That was one of the statistic that our speaker from the Clackamas Women’s Services said on Wednesday. This was one of the things that she said that stood out to me. So, in this essay I will be telling you what I learned from her. First I will give you two definitions of domestic violence and explain about the type of abuse, second I will tell you about a myth that people believe in and explain why the victim might stay with the abuser, and finally I will tell you one of the thing I like the best in her lecture and how to recognize an abuser.
The legal definition of domestic violence is attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, placing another in fear of injury, or forcing sexual relations between family or household members, or between partners in a dating relationship. The definition that the Clackamas Women’s Services provides for domestic violence is the systematic use of emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, and financial abuse tactics to gain or maintain power and control. The CWS’s definition includes all 5 forms of abuse while legal just had three.
The 5 type of abuse are of emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, and financial. An emotional abuse example can be verbally belittling a women or threating harm to things that she value like objects, children or pets. Sexual abuse is pretty self-explanatory but there are some thing that surprised me like controlling a women right for birth control and forcing a pregnancy or abortion on a woman. Spiritual abuse would be when the abuser forces you to convert or not to practice you own religion. They use scripture while they abuse you or ritualize the physical and sexual abuse. Physical abuse is the one we hear about the most. This is where the abuser beats the victim. When talking about physical abuse the speaker made sure to point out that the abuser will target places like the back of the head or the stomach because the bruise won’t show up right away.
There is a myth that...