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The Global Reality of Domestic Violence on Women

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation which can either be physical assault or abusive behavior in a systematic power or control from one partner to another.

In most cases, women are often the victims of domestic violence, and they experience conflicting emotions such as fear, anger, shame, resentment, sadness, and powerlessness.

An abused woman may become isolated from friends and family. Over some time, her self-esteem may be worn down. She may blame herself for the abuse or even deny that it took place.

Abused women can develop post-traumatic stress with a range of symptoms such as agitation and anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trouble sleeping or relaxing, numbness, and sense of isolation.

When we examine the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, the wise and holy God begins to form humankind.

Out of the ribs of a man, came the beautiful female creature. Therefore, the depth of the bond extends far beyond the physical attraction that draws men and women together.

Marriage is a holy covenant and an enduring commitment. In fact, it is eternal since Paul also commands husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. That is to say, that marriage is holy. It is an awesome responsibility from both partners.

Marital relationships in the 21st century have experienced scary tales. Recent statistics show that after every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the U. S. Most surprising is that 95% of all victims of domestic violence are women and in most cases, they are the under-reported crime in the nation.

At least one in every three women around the world experiences domestic violence. Some are beaten, coerced into sex, and others abused sometime in her lifetime. The most surprising statistics is that in every year approximately 4,000 women in the US face domestic violence.

It is further noted that battered women are prone to suffer from eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, panic disorder, suicidal thoughts, and somatic complaints. The impact of violence on the life of the victim is pervasive and devastating.

In short, relationships can be risky and painful and they can, in fact, cause disability, mental and emotional impairment, and yes, even death.

I don’t believe that anybody bargains for a violent outcome when they stand before God and their loved ones and enter into a covenant relationship with the person that they believe is the love of their life.

More often than not people go into a relationship with their eyes tightly shut. The dream of living happily ever is their goal. But all too often the fairy tale takes a terrible twist. They did not see it coming, but now it is right there in their face. In fact, it smacks them right between the eyes.

Abused women are neither weak nor submissive victims. They have to be robust and resourceful, allowing themselves to adopt all kinds of coping strategies to survive each day.

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