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Domestic violence against goes beyond all cultural economic political and religious backgrounds The most dramatic form of violence against women is spousal abuse Some studies have shown that in many countries one quarter to more than half of women report having been physically or psychological abused by their partners People of all walks of life are affected Victims are both men and women of all races sexual orientations income levels and geographic regions Roy 1977 In order to fully understand domestic violence we must understand the biological-social learning theories This integrated theory suggests that criminals have physical or mental traits that make them different and abnormal This theory also suggests that people are not born with the ability to act violently but they learn to be aggressive throughout their life experiences Siegel 2001 Domestic violence is a behavior-- emotional psychological physical or sexual abuse --that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other It takes many different forms and includes behavior such as threats name-calling isolation withholding of money actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault Most domestic violence is committed against women by their male partners It also occurs in lesbian and gay relationships and is common in teenage dating relationships In a small number of cases men are abused by their female partners Roy 1977 Domestic violence is distinguished from other kinds of abuse because of the special relationship between the persons Domestic violence can be considered as a learned behavior If a young child is constantly being exposed to violence in the home he in turn may imitate the behavior and also become violent in his own home The biological-social learning theories also suggests that if a female child watches her mother get beaten up by her father on a regular basis she has a greater risk of being in an abusive relationship This integrated theory also suggests that if a child constantly observes others
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