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Domestic Violence The Love Crime Domestic violence is one of the most common and expensive crimes committed today We all know of someone who has been a victim of domestic violence and we are almost always aware that the perpetrator loves the victim Whether in the heat of passion or a drunken stupor the perpetrator only wants the victim to understand how much they love them Sometimes they yell at their victim to try and get this point across Sometimes they feel they have to beat this thought into their victims and sometimes the only way a victim can understand how much the perpetrator loves them is to give their life This might sound like a cynical view of abusers but is it lets take a look at a profile Marvin The Federal Bureau of Investigation has done on batterers Low self-esteem This often results from physical or sexual abuse andor disapproval or neglect by a parent or authoritarian figure from the batterers childhood Extreme insecurity and an inability to trust others Batterers have difficulty establishing close friendships They tend to be critical or jealous of their partners Denial of responsibility for their behavior Batterers often deny that abuse has occurred They also minimize the impact of their assaultive behavior or blame their partners for causing an incident Need to control Batterers choose to abuse their partners Their purpose is to control them Batterers use violence or attempted or suggested violence to make their partners comply with their wishes The last sentence in this profile is the key to understanding domestic violence When a person hears that John Doe was convicted of a domestic violence charge they automatically think that someone has been physically battered Most reported cases of domestic violence are of this variety However the most under
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