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Domestic violence is a problem in the United States It is ranked the highest out of all the different types of abuse As E Gondolf and E Fsher has stated there are 3 phases that are a part of the abuse in their article Battered Women as survivors Domestic violence is mostly among the women who live in poverty and are stuck in a rut Why do these women stay with their abusers Phase 1 Buildup or Escalation The beginning of the sequence The batterer is building up hisher stress and tension Arguments are unresolved Resentments are saved and built up Problems are not dealt with Feelings are kept in and turned into anger or the abusive partner may become increasingly more controlling or cruel without exhibiting anger Many batterers increase their chemical use and try to avoid conflict This is when the cues start to occur This phase can be of long and short duration The higher the stress and buildup the harder it is to take time out and avoid abusive behavior The woman tries to calm the man by becoming nurturing and compliant either anticipating his every whim or staying out of his way She accepts his abusiveness as legitimately directed towards her and she believes she can prevent his anger from escalating She becomes his accomplice by accepting some of the responsibility for his abusive behavior by not permitting herself to get angry with the batterer using her psychological defense of denying her own anger at being unjustly hurt both psychologically or physically minimizing the isolated violent incidents denying her terror of the inevitable battering She believes she has control over his behavior As the tension builds it becomes more difficult to make the coping techniques work so she withdraws or blows up at him As she withdraws or escalates herself under the stress he looks for an expression of her anger and the tension continues to escalate Phase
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