For those whose lives have never been affected by
domestic violence, they may assume that spousal abuse and child abuse only occur within
middle-class and low-income households, but that is not the case. Studies
have determined that domestic violence affects all races, religions, and
Toby D. Goldsmith, MD published an
PsychCentral, where he stated, “A partner’s domination may take the form
of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Studies suggest that violent behavior
often is caused by an interaction of situational and individual factors.”
Goldsmith continues, “That means that abusers learn violent behaviors
from their family, people in their community and other cultural influences
as they grow up.”
Goldsmith explained how abusers may have seen violence frequently, or they
may have been victims at one point in time. “Some abusers acknowledge
growing up having been abused as a child,” said Goldsmith. Substance
abuse can also contribute to violent behavior. For example, a drunk husband
can have a harder time controlling his aggressive impulses toward his
wife and children.
Regardless if the abuser was a victim growing up or if he or she has a
drug or alcohol problem, those are not excuses. There is no acceptable
justification for domestic violence. “Ultimately an abuser needs
to get help for their unhealthy and destructive behavior, or find themselves
living a solitary and lonely life,” said Goldsmith.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are seeking an
order of protection and a divorce, we urge you to contact our firm at once for help.
Contact us today for a confidential consultation.