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When Love Hurts1 When Love Hurts A Look at Spousal Abuse in the Military Psychology 101 When Love Hurts2 When Love Hurts A Look at Spousal Abuse in the Military Domestic violence is a serious problem in America According to Roleff et al 2000 it is estimated that every fifteen seconds a person is abused by their spouse or live-in partner Nearly half of the nations couples whether married or unmarried have had some type of violent disputep16 Domestic abuse can take many forms It may be hitting slapping or shoving a person It may be controlling behavior such as hiding car keys from someone so they cannot go to work taking car keys and checkbooks with them to work so as to leave the other person stranded listening in on phone conversations or reading a persons email It is a pattern of behavior typified by one person in a relationship trying to gain power or control over the other through fear and intimidation Hasenauer 1997 reports that spousal abuse can happen to both men and women however women make up most of the victims and are more likely to suffer serious injuries p34 Moniz 2002b states that between May and July of 2003 four military wives whose husbands were stationed at Fort Bragg NC were murdered by their husbands Three of the four husbands had recently returned from deployments in Afghanistan np These killings shocked a nation and turned a spotlight of controversy on the Armed Forces Some in the public believe that the military is just a group of patriarchal good old boys who would gladly turn a blind eye in order to cover another soldiers back They believe that the military only cares about its soldiers and not their soldiers dependents The When Love Hurts 3 military may be trying to implement new programs in order to change its image but the
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