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Domestic violence has been around for as long ***** many cultures can remember, however, that's not an excuse for its continuance. Although some see women and children as mere property, their rights and safety should be protected. Whether they suffer from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, thankfully there are an increasing number of programs ***** these victims to turn to. These programs work hard to take the steps necessary for America ***** become a domestic violence-free society.

Stopping Domestic Violence in *****

Although domestic violence is ********** thought of in terms ***** physical violence or even ***** violence, it goes beyond that, ***** the cuts, the bruises, the scrapes, the broken bones; it's a control issue. "***** violence is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another in order to dominate ***** get their way." ("Voices Set Free," n.d.) In addition to physical and sexual abuse, it can, ***** often does, include ***** abuse. It's an epidemic that, although ***** been brought ***** the attention of ***** public in recent decades, has been occurring throughout the ages.

***** to the nature ***** domestic violence, *****d the secrecy that surrounds it in many cases, concrete statistics ***** sometimes difficult to come by. ***** a Department of Justice report, in 1998, ***** was estimated that there were 960,000 *****cidents of ***** perpetrated by a spouse or signifi*****t other, while a Commonwe*****lth Fund report, for the same time period, stated that approximately 3 million women were physically *****d. This ***** report noted ***** a spouse or significant other at some point in their lives had abused approximately *****1 percent of American *****. And, Lieberman Research disc*****ed that 30 percent of *****s knew someone who had been abused by ***** spouse or significant other. (As cited in "Get the Facts," 2003)

*****, the violence often escalates to homicide when a wom*****n stays in an abusive relationship and ***** is no intervention. Statistics show that current ***** past intimate partners murder nearly three women every day. Over 1,200 women were ********** in 2000 by their current or previous spouse or significant *****. These accounted for more than a third of all murders of women, during this same time frame. (As ***** in "Get the *****," 2003)

Although most people understand the harm that comes to women who are ***** ***** ***** domestic violence, their children are victims too, even if they weren't the direct abusee.

The trauma *****y suffer in witnessing the ***** is very real and can affect their entire lives. Children who are raised in a violent home have challenges in ***** aspect of growth ***** development. They are likely to have difficulties ***** forming relationships with other children, and ***** much more likely ***** fail academically. Health problems are a common symptom of violence in ***** child's home, and these health problems can last their entire life.

***** one bright spot in this depressing scenario is the ***** awareness and number of programs for ***** of domestic violence.

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