Dating violence is so common that it can account for one-third of dating relationships. It is perpetuated through the control over another person using psychological, physical and sexual abuse. Dating violence is perpetuated through keeping another person obedient or in fear through the threat of harm. Women who are subject to such violence tend to experience depression and develop PTSD. They continue to suffer from dating violence even when the relationship ends, as often their partners keep threatening them in some way, either through stalking or harassment.
Dating violence is far reaching
Dating violence is not limited to a particular group or ethnicity but is widespread in many sections of society. Those who engage in dating violence tend to have single spouse families or come from a lower socio-economic community, where parents also have lower educational backgrounds.
When physical violence is present in a dating relationship, women later experience consequences of their injuries, suffering from arthritis, seizures, bladder and kidney problems.
The origin of dating violence
Dating violence is often associated with childhood victimization, where those who participate in dating violence found themselves to be the subject of their parents’ aggression such as corporal punishment. Dating violence is related to being under the control of the partner, responsible for assaults and stalking.
Dating violence effects
The immediate effect of dating violence are various health issues as well as engaging in substance abuse. In the same way that violent relationships contribute to adverse health effects, dating violence also leads to self-blame issues, fear, lower self-esteem as well as the feeling of powerlessness. The stress of dating violence makes the victim even more vulnerable making it more difficult to leave the relationship.
More than half of rapes is committed on girls when dating. Such violence may be not obvious at first occurring at a later stage of the relationship. Most commonly those who engage in dating violence learned aggression from their parents. Dating violence may be recognized through the dismissive of the victim when treated badly, isolation from friends and family and various marks and bruises.
The victims of dating violence use various disengagement tools while they develop a poor propensity to cope with stress. They also experience higher levels of stress. They tend to be further stigmatized and blamed for what happened to them in the society that also contributes to more anxiety. They develop the lack of trust and may further develop aggression as a way of resolving future conflicts.
The cycle of dating violence
Those who are part of dating violence are also subject to sexual assaults and tend to experience loss of self-control. Through parental inconsistencies, victimization continues, where children feel they have no control over their relationships. For boys, harsh discipline reinforces believes that it is best if aggression is used towards others as the only way to achieve outcomes.
Dealing with dating violence
Other difficulties when dealing with dating violence involve lack of reporting it while it is not considered a crime by law.