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Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors in any intimate relationship where one partner seeks to gain or maintain power and control over the other. The abuse can be physical, sexual, spiritual, financial, and/or psychological. The abuser may take part in behaviors that intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, humiliate, or injure their victim(s). Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Violence in this setting does not just affect those intimately involved. It has an influence over children and the economy. However, many are taking strides towards putting a stop to domestic violence. It can be said that witnessing violence between one's guardians is the strongest contributing factor to the passing of violent behaviors between generations. In fact, according to a 2013 study conducted by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), young boys who are exposed to domestic violence are up to three times more likely to abuse their own partners (Domestic). In addition, children who experience domestic violence, whether they are abused themselves or are in an environment where someone is being abused, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including substance abuse, obesity, cancer, depression and are at a higher risk for developing learning disabilities (Domestic). All in all, it is the responsibility of the adults in a child's life for building a good foundation for the greater good of the child along with maintaining good future relationships and interactions with others the child may have. Aside from hurting their loved ones, an abuser also hurts the pockets of taxpayers around the country. Many researchers have started to look into the economic burden of domestic violence, both in terms of financial costs imposed on victims on a more specific scale in addition to an impact on the national economy (Intimate). In 2003, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), supposed that domesticated violence in the United States annually costs the economy between 5.8 and 12.6 billion dollars. Direct costs of domestic violence include transportation costs, legal services, housing for victims, the costs of healthcare assistance used by victims, and special education services for children of battered women (Intimate). One of the most substantial factors of domestic violence is healthcare expenses. This is inclusive of hospital stays, medication, ER and clinic visits, and physical therapy costs (Intimate). Ultimately, the citizens of America would not feel such an economic strain if we could find healthy outlets for our anger as opposed to physical relief. Upon realizing that domestic is not a laughing matter and should not be taken lightly, many pacifist groups have stood up and taken steps towards ridding domestic violence from all households. One group is conveniently named Men Against Domestic Violence (MADV). They are a group of men who work to free communities of violence of the domestic variety. They are well known for educating and inspiring all men to aspire to create equality within their relationships. They achieve this by spreading awareness of the problems behind domestic violence, showing positive examples of what it takes to show that you are mature who knows way it takes to be a real man, and opposing stereotypes of what true manhood is (Toller). Their main