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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
72 doctors shared insights

Domestic Abuse (Overview)

Domestic abuse is any violent dispute, verbal or physical, taking place between members of a household.


Dr. Kathryn Seifert
72 doctors shared insights

Domestic Abuse (Overview)

Domestic abuse is any violent dispute, verbal or physical, taking place between members of a household.


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What are signs of domestic abuse?

Multiple: Lack of mutual respect, verbal attacks, controlling and isolating behavior, disparaging remarks (particularly in front of others), failure to engage in constructive interactions, placing inappropriate blame on the other person, and so on and so on, until it degenerates into physical abuse. ...Read more

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What should I do for domestic abuse?

Call 1-800-799-SAFE: Or local domestic violence shelter or mental health professional who has experience with dv. They can help develop a plan to leave the situation & can help you recover from abuse. The primary goal is to overcome the "brainwashing" of abuse that convinces you that you're worthless, stupid, bad, powerless, etc. Verbal/emotional abuse/control can cause longer-lasting harm than physical abuse. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend handle domestic abuse?

The idea is not to: Handle it, but to stop it! any support/ assistance you can give toward that goal is good. ...Read more

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After recovering from domestic abuse what makes you feel worst?

You Know.: Only you can answer that question. You were brave enough to get out of the situation, and suspect you are strong and brave enough to deal with the aftershock. You will gradually recover with time and the memories may never go away, but will fade. Be proud of yourself for getting out of a terrible situation and going on with your life. ...Read more

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How should I confront a friend involved in possible domestic abuse?

How should I confront a friend involved in possible domestic abuse?

Judgment call: You'll need to use your best judgment in responding to this situation. It really is none of your business unless you've seen evidence that suggests domestic violence. If this is the case you could discuss what you've seen with your friend and ask about it in a caring way. Be brave. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is my interest in domestic abuse unhealthy? I like to go to court cases.

Is my interest in domestic abuse unhealthy? I like to go to court cases.

Introspection.: Almost any behavior can be self-destructive. We usually consider behaviors harmful when they cause physical, mental, social, legal and/or financial problems in a persons life. Are you attending these hearings at the exclusion of important life responsibilities? what are you getting out of going? What good is it doing? Unless you can find some very good reasons, it is not likely not a good idea. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the stress of domestic abuse?

How can I deal with the stress of domestic abuse?

Start with safety: It is very important that you be safe. Your environment and your relationships have an important component to your levels of stress. You can seek help. Women's shelter, abuse hotlines, etc are the first place. No one deserves to be abused. Marital therapy may be an option. But first you need to be safe. Talk to someone. Pastor, family doctor, etc... ...Read more

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Why foreigh women don't seek counseling for domestic abuse?

Why foreigh women don't seek counseling for domestic abuse?

FEAR: Could be fear could be cultural differences. Do they have insurance, can they speak english. Do they have other support. Are they citizens or do they fear deportation. Lots of reasons that many women foreign or not that do not report abuse. Mistake for love and think it won't happen again. Think that they deserve the abuse or they brought it on. Get help. No abuse is alright and help is needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can start a conversation about domestic abuse?

Who do you want to: Talk to about domestic abuse? It is not clear from your question. Do you want to talk to the abuser? To tell someone in order to get help? Please write back and clarify then we can help you. ...Read more