There is little historic agreement about how to define and measure domestic abuse in marriage for research purposes. However, known risk markers include growing up in a violent home, socioeconomic factors, personality issues, substance abuse, biology and situational factors.
Both men and women may be victims of domestic violence but women may be four times more likely to suffer serious and potentially life-threatening assault, twice as likely to be victims of repeated assault, and women are more likely to be killed. Rates of violence are higher when dating, in early marriage, during pregnancy and at the time of divorce.
There are two types of domestic violence, however one size does not fit all and further analysis is usually necessary besides typology. These two types are 1) intimate terrorism and 2) situational couple violence.
Domestic violence can impact children either directly or indirectly. Indirectly, children can witness abuse; directly, children can suffer concurrent abuse. Because of this, it is important to plan ahead regarding child custody and even parenting plans.
Some potential options to consider:
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