For many years; humans have celebrated marriage as a beautiful union, between two “lovers” who swear to be beside one another and care for one another, in sickness and in health. Unfortunately, some decided to break this sworn vow and intentionally harm their spouse. This form of abuse can happen in many way including emotionally, physically, or physiologically. While many people are unaware of it, spousal abuse occurs frequently in today's society.
Spousal Abuse can range getting yelled at getting hit, and from intimidation to stopping one's access to finances. According to the United States Department of Justice, spousal abuse “a behavior in any relationship that is used to gain power and control of another intimate partner” ...view middle of the document...
Many people believe it is best not to disrupt the child's life, and therefore stay in the relationship. However, it is never a good a idea to expose children to this abuse.
Generally, when we think about abuse we picture all the poor woman who've suffered at the hands of men; but in fact, men can be abused in a relationship also. One example a man named David, who was in an abusive relationship where is partner yelled and hit him. This continued until his partner stabbed him in the chest. Most abused males don't leave the relation because “ People will laugh at them if they disclosed that their female partner hurt them” (Panteloudakis). Masculinity is often everything to a man, and men hesitate to jeopardize their reputations. Consequently, leaving an abusive relationship is just as difficult for a man as it is for women.
Spousal abuse is very common, and it can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation. The abuser usually offers an apology and promises to not do it anymore to entice the victim, and victims find many reasons to stay with their abusive partner. Even though its more likely to be a woman, men are victims as well. While some victims do eventually seek help and move past the ones that hurt them immensely, unfortunately, many don’t leave until their dead.
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