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Domestic Violence Awareness 2009

Domestic Violence Awareness 2009

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Published by Mitchell Davis
Joan Johnson, Domestic Violence Expert
Joan Johnson, Domestic Violence Expert

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Published by: Mitchell Davis on Aug 25, 2009
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who could the abuser be? The abusive person might be a Doctor, a judge, an attorney, a police officer, a mom, adad, or a sibling.
 A doctor yelled at their patient while administering IV 
 medication. The doctor’s anger was his or her own issues
 projected onto the patient. A case of emotional abuse.
 A judge sentenced a man in Hawaii to go free after he shothis wife and caused her to be paralyzed for the rest ofher life. The judge later resigned stating that theycould no longer live with the decision they had made inthis situation. A case of legal abuse.
 A police officer would come home from work and demand thathis wife have sex with him. When she refused, he held herat gunpoint until she consented. Abuse of power and sexual abuse.
 A patient filled a complaint with the Naturopathic MedicalBoard regarding a case of emotional abuse and the board neglected to investigate the patient complaint because theDr. in question was a teacher of their medicine. A caseof abuse of power and patient neglect and abuse.The aforementioned situations are true accounts of abuse from women I have spoken with over the last 6 years.2.
 Why do people have a tendency to believe the abuser overthe one who victimizes? An abusive person may be a prominent figure in the community who is unlikely to besuspected as the abuser.3.
The victim may be the male partner. The stereotype in America often portrays the male as the dominant partnerin a heterosexual relationship. Who would believe thatthe man of the family was a victim of a nearstrangulation from his physically abusive wife?This
was a true account of a medical doctor’s abuse.
 Who can make changes in a situation of abuse or Domestic Violence? We are all responsible and need to know thatour voice matters. Someone will eventually listen if wekeep telling our story. Too often the abused ends updead because people fail to reach out to the hurtingindividual.5.
The “don’t do’s” of Domesti
c Violence: Never judge orcondemn the person complaining of abuse. Listen totheir story. Most likely they are afraid and may have been intimidated by the abuser to keep silent. Mostabusers threaten their victims with physical harm ordeath. Physical and emotional abuse robs the victim of personal self-esteem. The victim will show signs of lowself-esteem in conversation with you. Poor eye contactand a low tone of voice, inability to express whathappened may be some apparent signs of low self-esteem due to physical and emotional abuse.6.
The abuser is most generally controlling and veryconvincing that the victim made him hurt her because ofsomething they said or did. The abuser most always willisolate the abused from having close family or friends.The abuser will often lie and blame the victim to coverup their abusive personality. Lying is prevalent withthe abuser and most of the time they refuse to takeresponsibility for their actions.

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