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Although it does not get the attention it needs domestic violence affects more than 60 of all women but is not limited to only women men children gays and lesbian are also affected It is usually directed at the most vulnerable person in the relationship whether it is the child or a partner Battering domestic violence is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors including intimidation threats psychological abuse isolation etc to coerce and control the other person The violence may not happen often but it remains as a hidden and constant terrorizing factorGilda Berger 4 In general the abuser and the victim have low-self esteem The abuser is also usually immature overly dependent and insecure believing that he or she is superior to his victim and while in public the abuser is usually nice sensitive and passive The victim usually believes lies about battering relationships and falls into feminine or masculine stereotypes Brainwashing usually accompanies domestic violence Domestic violence toward children is usually accepted because it is claimed to be an important part in child rearing Many sources- paleontological findings and literature as different as that of the Bible and Cinderella- furnish evidence that of children being abused abandoned or even eaten Gilda Berger 25 In the 17th century where a stubborn child law was created for Puritan fathers to have the permission to kill their children if they were unruly or disobedient Although this law does not stand in present times parents now feel that their control over food clothing and housing gives them the right to hit or punish their children in an overly aggressive manner When the children see this abusive lifestyle they tend to think that this is the appropriate was to express their feelings
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