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Domestic Abuse and Violence

Whether drinking alcohol has a cause-and-effect relationship with domestic abuse is uncertain, researchers claim, but the truth is violence is a part of many alcoholic homes. These articles explore the dynamics of domestic violence.

Coping With Domestic Violence
A guide for recognizing, understanding and coping with an abusive relationship.

Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Quiz
If you are in an abusive relationship that has turned violent, you may be in more danger than you realize.

Domestic Abuse Screening Quiz
Is your relationship like most other couples, or has it developed into one that is truly abusive? This screening quiz can help you determine whether you might be involved in an abusive relationship.

Safety Plan for Domestic Violence Victims
If you are in an abusive relationship, it is important that you develop a safety plan whether or not you stay in the relationship or leave.

How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
There are really no guidelines for the perfect way to help a victim of domestic violence, sometimes just being there is enough.

Signs Someone Is Being Abused
Out of fear or shame, many victims of domestic abuse will try to hide it or deny it.

What Triggers a Domestic Violence Attack?
What does trigger violent episodes among intimate partners? What does cause a perpetrator to launch a violent attack?

Why Do They Do It?
Whether alcohol and drug abuse is a factor or not, domestic violence and abuse is a very serious problem -- for the victims and the abusers.

Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Recant?
It is so common for victims of domestic violence to decide to recant their testimony that some states have passed laws requiring mandatory arrest and prosecution.

A Victim Speaks
Alcohol may not be a cause of domestic abuse, but it sure seems to be a catalyst.

How Abused Mothers Decide to Leave
For women with children, leaving an abusive relationship is a decision that sometimes can take years through a process involving five separate stages.

Help for Victims
For those locked into an abusive relationship, getting help is not always as simple as just leaving, in fact it could be dangerous.

One Family's Story
This unfortunately is a true story about how many lives one alcoholic can affect, and how alcoholism can spiral into a full-fledged family disease.

Domestic Abuse and Alcohol
Statistics seem to indicate a connection between alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence, but others question the cause-and-effect relationship.

How to Report Child Abuse
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you should call your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency or the CPS agency in the State in which the abuse occurred.

Study Reveals Domestic Violence 'Predictors of Death'
A study of domestic violence-related deaths has revealed that in 83 percent of the cases the victim was either separated or about to terminate the relationship.

Alcohol and Marital Violence
Couples who argue a lot during their first year of marriage are more likely to have violence erupt in later years if the husband is a heavy drinker.

Alcohol and Violence Research
Violence -- whether personal violence, such as suicide; interpersonal violence, such as rape, homicide, or domestic abuse; or group violence, such as unruliness and riotous acts at sporting events -- is a major concern to everyone.

Alcohol Facilitates Aggression
A study of drinkers' facial expressions of anger finds that drinking alcohol may place those individuals with a tendency toward anger at greater risk of becoming aggressive.

Abused Children Stay Highly Attuned to Anger
Anger or hostility in their environment sets physically abused children on prolonged 'alert' even if a conflict has nothing to do with them, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Witnessing Repeated Abuse Can Affect Bystanders
Children and adult bystanders who witness repeated abuse inflicted on others may experience both a psychological and physiological stress level that, over time, can equal that of the victim.

Study Links Heavy Drinking and Spousal Abuse
Research findings indicate that heavy drinkers are more likely to abuse their spouses both when they are and when they are not drinking alcohol.

Childhood Abuse Linked to Alcoholism
Research on seven Native American tribes suggests that tribe members who were abused or sent away to school as children are more likely to have problems with alcohol later in life.

Childhood Abuse and Dual Diagnosis
Researchers have uncovered the important role that an environment of childhood abuse – sexual, physical or both – appears to play in the development of psychiatric comorbidity among alcoholic patients.

Drinking Increases Physical Abuse
Men who drink alcohol and have a predisposition for physical violence toward their female partners are more likely to be violent on the days they drink alcohol, according to a study.

Domestic Violence Varies by Ethnicity
Black and Hispanic couples are two to three times more likely to report male-to-female and female-to-male partner violence than white couples, according to research at the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health.

Don't Blame it On Alcohol
A new scientific study shows that drunks can control their anti-social behavior and can "sober up" quickly given the right motivation.

I Got Flowers Today
A brief history of domestic abuse which for many is an all too familiar story.

Donate a Phone
As many as 24 million wireless phones are laying around unused which now can be donated to victims of domestic violence.

Kids Exposed to Violence Have More Behavioral Problems
Children who observe violence or are victims of it show more behavior problems than other children, according to a study of 175 children aged 9 to 12.

Not All Angry Drinkers Get Aggressive
A study of three different components of anger – affective, cognitive and behavioral – has found that it is behavioral anger that contributes the most to alcohol-related aggression among both men and women.

Media Distorts Validity of Recovered Memories
There's a big discrepancy between what science shows about recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse and what's being shown in the media, according to University of Oregon memory researcher Jennifer Freyd.

Recovered Memories or False Recall?
The use of photographs by psychotherapists as memory cues for the "recovery" of patients' possible childhood sexual abuse has been called into question by a Canadian study.

Alcohol's Effects on Testosterone
Acute administration of alcohol can induce a rapid increase in plasma and brain concentrations of testosterone.

Super Sunday Violence
Is Super Bowl Sunday one of the worse days of the year for domestic violence in homes around the United States, or is it just another urban legend?

When Mr. Right Turns Out To Be Mr. Wrong
The trouble with falling in love is that the fall can terminate against the cold concrete of betrayal. Pain replaces promise, cynicism flowers in place of confidence and hope flees on wings of misled desire.

Addiction and Child Abuse
A number of studies suggest that as much as 70-80 percent of reported cases of child abuse result from parental drug addiction or alcoholism.

ABA Domestic Violence Resources
How many lawyers does it take to end domestic violence? The American Bar Association has the answer.

Pregnancy and Domestic Violence
Pregnancy is often a time when physical abuse starts, resulting in poorer outcomes for the mother and the baby.

Myths About Domestic Violence
Some widely held beliefs about domestic abuse and why they are wrong.

Personalized Safety Plan
Victims planning to leave an abusive partner need to have a detailed safety plan ready first.

Profile of a Batterer (PDF)
Characteristics are found to be common to batterers according to Community Crisis Center.

Violence Against Women Resource Guide
This site provides law, criminal justice, advocacy, and social service professionals with up-to-date information on interventions to stop violence against women.

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