Intimate Partner Violence Essay

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Intimate Partner Violence
Did you know that more than five million women are abused by an intimate partner each year? This paper will focus on women and why they choose not to leave their abusers? Why they don’t report it to the police or anyone or even if they like to be abused. Intimate partner violence is when one person in a relationship purposely hurts another person physically or emotionally. Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence because it is often caused by a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend.
Some women stay in abusive relationships because they have little money and worry about supporting herself and their children. It may be hard for her to contact family and friends who can help her being that their abuser has distance them. She may even be afraid, confused, or embarrassed to leave. It sometimes gets worse right after leaving, so they should think about a safe place to go. Many women have never lived anywhere else, and leaving the security of family and friends is a big step into the unknown.
They develop relationships with their abuser and might not want to see anything happen to them. Women stay for love and the hope that the partner will change, but it takes work and time. If their abuser is blaming them or other factors on his behavior, their partner is probably not ready to change. In fact, over time, abuse often gets worse not better, even if their partner promises to stop the abuse. These women also, recant on their partners because of fear. Many relationships are difficult to leave but, a violent one has many extra layers of complexity and fear.
I believe there are women in relationships that may enjoy being abused. Also, it can be that it’s been going on for so long they are immune to it. The violence can often start as emotional abuse and then become physical. The longer the abuse goes on, the more damage it can cause. If you've grown up with abuse then it's the only thing you've ever known, and you're drawn to it even though you know it's detrimental. For some women, they are drawn to those types of men because that might be all they ever known. The way they were brought up could also be a key factor.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was the first major law to help government agencies and victim advocates work together to fight domestic violence, sexual assault, and other types of violence against women. It created new punishments for certain crimes and started programs to prevent violence and help victims. Over the years, the law has been expanded to provide more programs and services. The VAWA also allows victims of domestic abuse to sue for damages in civil court. Some women just have low self-esteem and always falls for the “I love you” from the men after everything is over.
An estimated 5.3 million IPV victimizations occur among U.S. women ages 18 and older each year. This violence results in nearly 2.0 million injuries, more than 555,000 of which require medical attention. Also, women of IPV lose a total of nearly 8.0 million days of paid work the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs, and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of the violence. The