Domestic Violence

There are various types of violence which are experienced in any given family setting. In most cases, family violence occurs in different degrees, which can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Violence impacts negatively on the relationships between the individual members of the family. Hampton describes family violence as a significant cause of the increased rate of divorce and separation in many unions sanctified as marriage. The author ascertains, in many of the filed divorce cases, spouse abuse as one of the major grounds for divorce (Hampton, 1999). Family violence in the cases of marriages includes incidences of marital distress, marital violence, as well as partner abuse (Hampton, 1999). Besides, child abuse and maltreatment as another form of family violence that children experience (Hampton, 1999). Wallace & Roberson (2014) propose treatment methods that he believes could be very effective towards bringing down the number of cases and incidences of family violence. Batterer’s treatment method is one of the most common programs as well as conjoint couple treatment (Wallace & Roberson, 2014).

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Loseke et al. (2014) describe domestic violence as the physical assault and sexual assault which are willfully enforced from one partner to another who are intimately involved. The various types of domestic violence include physical abuse, sexual abuse, physiological abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse. In understanding the different types of domestic violence, what is expected is that there are various types which are common towards particular ethnic groups and gender (Meichenbaum, 2004). For instance, physical abuse involves the use of force on women, and common indications are punching, slapping and stabbing. Another instance is emotional abuse, whereby an individual’s self-worth is destroyed by the other partner (Fife and Schrager, 2012). In this case, women and men can experience it in equal measure depending on their partner’s level of success. Furthermore, racial difference in a marriage set-up can result in it arising as for the case of Caucasian criticism to their partners who might be black of or of another race and vice versa.



Fife, R. S., & Schrager, S. B. (2012). Family violence: What health care providers need to know. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Hampton, R. L. (1999). Family violence: Prevention and treatment. Sage Publications.

Loseke, D. R., Gelles, R. J., & In Cavanaugh, M. M. (2014). Current controversies on family violence. Sage Publishers.

Meichenbaum, D. (2004). Family violence: Treatment of perpetrators and victims. Institute Press.

Wallace, H., & Roberson, C. (2016). Family violence: Legal, medical, and social perspectives. Routledge.