Emotions and Domestic Violence

emotions and domestic violence

There are various emotions present in domestic violence settings that trigger the behavior of the victim as well as the perpetrator. The perpetrator who engages in domestic violence finds the need to express their frustration and anger in form of aggression. At times, it may be a way to manifest masculinity. At other times, it may be simply a distress that has various causes.

There are also individuals who are more prone to the behavior that results in domestic violence. As men tend to express their stress through their behavior such as repression or expressing negative emotions, they frequently engage in interactions that conform to the perceived social norms. The repression of emotion is part of the response to stress that can be expressed in a variety of ways.

As aggression is an expression of a negative emotion, the need to engage in this type of assault may be due to one’s own upbringing, where expression of emotion was suppressed. It may also be caused by the inability to identify emotions and lack of awareness of the emotion of others. When anger and resentment are present in a family environment children are able to learn these emotions. Children acquire these types of emotions better than others, especially when they are frequent in their family environments.

Those who experience violence in their families tend to have problems with regulating their own emotions as well as correctly identifying emotions in others. They tend to have fewer social skills that allow them to express their emotions. Being in control of one’s own emotions may predict the extent to which they will get out of hand. The ability to manage emotions may also influence the extent of violence as well as engage in relationships where domestic violence occurs.

Emotions that trigger aggression usually pertains to various stressful situations that may also involve a threat. Those who feel threatened react in an uncontrolled way. These types of reactions may result in a crime that accounts for the majority of crime committed by individuals. Emotional responses may also be connected with meeting social expectations. Masculine responses to stress where feelings are be internalized lead to an outburst. Those who lack the ability to regulate and control emotions tend to become aggressive towards their partner.

Emotions can trigger various reactions and behavior. If the ability to know about emotions of others as well as one’s own is not developed it may lead to uncontrolled reactions. Such reactions tend to be automatic and seemingly uncontrolled. If feelings that are behind such reactions are identified it may be easier to deal with various triggers. When emotions take over, the uncontrolled behavior that governs an individual may provoke actions that are difficult to predict.

Emotional triggers tend to be spontaneous and difficult to understand. Through the analysis and insight, it is possible to utilize these emotions in a positive way. If positive norms are not learned and recognized, it may be difficult to engage in resolving issues constructively. Emotions are important in dealing with violence and domestic violence as they are behind the violent and unwanted behavior.


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