Presentation on theme: "Abuse in Relationships Chapter 13. Nature of Relationship Abuse – Violence (physical abuse) Intimate-partner Violence is a term that refers to crimes."— Presentation transcript:
Today’s discussion focuses on various forms of domestic abuse and violence, and we tend to talk most about violence of male partners against female partners. – Is it right to place emphasis on this type of intimate partner violence?
Prevalence and Severity of IPV Women are five times more likely to be abused by a partner than a man is. Almost 75% of all attacks by intimate partners are against women. IPV is a leading cause of death for women ages 15-44 in the U.S. – Pregnancy is an especially dangerous time for women—why do you think this is?
Research on Domestic Violence 1.Husbands or other male partners have higher rates of inflicting the most dangerous and injurious forms of violence. 2.Violence by husbands or male partners does more damage, because of a man’s greater physical strength. 3.Violent acts by men are more frequent, tending to be repeated over time. 4.Husbands are more apt to leave an abusive relationship within a short time.
Female Abuse of a Partner A review of literature found that women’s physical violence may be just as prevalent as men’s violence but is more likely to be motivated by self-defense and fear. Men’s physical violence is more likely to be driven by control motives.
Why do people stay in Abusive Relationships? – Does our culture encourage women to stay in an unhealthy relationship?
Why Women Stay Learned helplessness—the woman becomes depressed, loses her self-esteem, and feels incapable of seeking help for herself. Hope that the abuser will change. Low self-esteem and feeling incapable of helping herself and even her children. – However, many women find the courage to leave when the violence spills over into the lives of their children.
Why Women Stay Economic hardship and homelessness Need for child support Shame or guilt Blaming themselves—battered women often believe it is their fault
Why Women Stay Fear—is a MAJOR reason The home becomes a prison