Domestic violence refers to a series of actions where an individual exerts power and control over their intimate partner. Perpetrators of abuse employ various tactics of emotional manipulation to establish dominance. These tactics include limiting access to financial resources, making threats, using force, instilling fear, and isolating the victim from loved ones. In some cases, domestic violence also involves physical or sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the prevalence of domestic violence is much higher than commonly perceived. Every minute, approximately 20 individuals in the United States experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. There are numerous reasons why someone may choose to remain in an abusive relationship. Often, survivors stay in such situations due to a lack of self-esteem, making it difficult to establish new boundaries or leave the relationship altogether. The struggle becomes even more daunting when survivors believe they do not deserve better treatment. Another obstacle faced by survivors who wish to leave abusive relationships is a lack of awareness regarding their legal rights. While there are laws in place to protect and support victims of crime, it is crucial for survivors to be informed about these laws in order to access the necessary support and assistance.
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