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Date of Submission11th June 2003 TOPIC DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Challenging DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is often difficult but complicity is unforgivable Domestic Violence is an abuse of power perpetrated mainly but not only by men against women in a relationship or after separation Domestic Violence affects the entire community and it occurs in all areas of society regardless of geographic location socio-economic status age culture or religion The most commonly acknowledged forms are physical sexual threats intimidation emotional social economic Many people believe that if a woman doesnt like it - leave - it is not that simple - A less common question is WHY DOESNT HE STOP THE VIOLENCE The aim of this project is to speak about domestic violence and the difficulty victims have breaking away from a situation that is obviously detrimental to themselves their children and community at large Leaving seems the obvious step even to the victim but the addiction to the perpetrator can be overwhelming and the strength required for the victim to turn her life around and take control is enormous How does she empower herself Where does she find the strength The struggle is moment to moment and needs a positive encouraging support network Domestic violence is a grave and complex problem which has no easy solution The affects of domestic violence do not stop when the cuts and bruises heal The psychological affects can be seen long after the violence has stopped OBSERVATIONS It is difficult to know the extent of domestic violence because of the hidden nature of the problem Domestic violence is the most common form of assault in Australia American studies indicate that 1 in 3 women in an intimate relationship are likely to experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime A sad indictment for our society today
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