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Is Your Loved One Suffering from Domestic Violence?

By Michelle Ezilon.com Articles Published 09/23/2008 | Social Issues

Domestic violence is not uncommon these days and this is one problem that has wrecked the lives of many people. Identifying this problem is the first step to saving the life of the victim. So how can you tell whether your loved one is in an abusive relationship? Usually, the victims of domestic violence will hide the fact that they are being abused by their spouse. Thus, it makes it difficult for us to find out whether our loved ones are in an abusive relationship or not. If you want to find out whether your loved one is in an abusive relationship, you will have to look out for the signs of domestic violence. This is perhaps the best way to ascertain whether someone in your family is in an abusive relationship.

An extremely important sign that you can look out for to determine whether or not your loved one is suffering from domestic violence is to find out whether the victim has stopped going to social gatherings. The spouse of the victim may also tell the victim to cut all ties with his or her family members or close friends. Usually, the abuser will try to control the life of the victim. This kind of control does not necessarily means controlling the victim physically. There are many abusers who want to control their respective spouses psychologically. Thus, if some one close to you starts to look or behave strangely or if he or she stops visiting you without any reason, then maybe this person is the victim of domestic violence.

The abuser will want his or her spouse to depend on him or her for everything. The main aim of the abuser is usually to make the victim think that it is not possible for the victim to lead a good life without the abuser. There are different kinds of domestic violence and physical abuse is one type of violence. If you see any bruise or wound on the face or body of the victim from time to time then maybe this person is in an abusive relationship. Try to talk to the victim and make him or her speak to you about his or her problems. You will only be able to help the victim once he or she admits that he or she is in an abusive relationship.

It is advised that you should be certain that your loved one is suffering from domestic violence before you confront the abuser or take any legal actions against him or her. Most of the victims will be reluctant to talk about it but if you feel that your loved one is in an abusive relationship, you should talk to him or her and make the victim realize that he or she would be better off without the abuser. Once the victim tells you that he or she is indeed a sufferer of domestic violence, you can think of ways to help the victim.