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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Domestic Abuse (Overview)

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


Dr. Kathryn Seifert
73 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?

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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What are the after effects of domestic abuse?

Vary: Effects of domestic abuse vary from person to person and as to whether one is the victim or observer. Increased anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are frequently seen- also development of a stronger self can be the impact. Check with your local National Assn for the Mentally ill or Mental health Assn and see psychology today. Com. Therapy with a psychiatrist or psychologist may b ...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

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How can I help a friend of mine deal with the after-effects of domestic abuse?

How can I help a friend of mine deal with the after-effects of domestic abuse?

Your friend: Your friend will need your emotional support and understanding through a difficult time. You could help encourage her to get the general medical and mental health support that she likely needs -- people in this situation often feel so ashamed, they hesitate to do this. You can help her locate safe houses if she has not done this already, and encourage her to seek legal/police protection too. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect can witnessing domestic abuse as a child have on a teenager now?

Plenty: I see a lot of teens and adults who grew up in abusive homes. It can affect issues of trust, intimacy and self-esteem. If you're asking the question, somebody needs some counseling. ...Read more

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Does domestic abuse only involve the couple, or if they are married are the kids also targeted?

Does domestic abuse only involve the couple, or if they are married are the kids also targeted?

Both: Domestic violence unfortunately does not know the word "boundary", and spousal abuse can often lead to physical and sexual abuse of children. ...Read more

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Does domestic abuse play much of a role in ptsd?

Does domestic abuse play much of a role in ptsd?

Yes: Domestic abuse and violence are frequent partners of ptsd, and can induce it also. Children who suffer emotional, physical, and sexual abuse are often also exposed to domestic violence in their parents. They can easily end up later with partners who repeat the abuse. Getting treatment for the ptsd helps bring these issues into awareness, so that more appropriate self-protection can happen. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder, coudl it be caused by domestic abuse, what to do?

I have bipolar disorder, coudl it be caused by domestic abuse, what to do?

Bipolar Disorder: May have been exacerbated by or trigger by domestic violence/ abuse. That does not mean it was the cause. What to do? Are you receiving help for your bipolar disorder? If not, getting mental health assistance is very important. If you are living in a home with domestic violence -if you elect to remain, then it would be very important to have a safety plan. This would allow you to leave before it. ...Read more

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I hate attention and tend to shy away from it. I witnessed domestic abuse at a young age. Is it my age or depression?

Not sure.: You may be very shy. Or if your dislike of attention is new, it could be related to depression or anxiety. If the domestic violence you witnessed is really bothering you or if you are struggling then seek professional behavioral health assistance. Take care. ...Read more

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Separated 2014 due 2 domestic abuse. Got ill soon after, chronic dyspnea. Unable to believe it's anxiety. Could past minipill use = blood clot/s?

Separated 2014 due 2 domestic abuse. Got ill soon after, chronic dyspnea. Unable to believe it's anxiety. Could past minipill use = blood clot/s?

Physical checkup 1st: First thing would be a physical check up to be sure that everything is ok from physical point of view. Anything serious especially blood clots needs to be eliminated or treated. You should also consider getting some psychological support and treatment for the previous experiences you described. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms or clues of domestic violence/abuse?

Are there symptoms or clues of domestic violence/abuse?

Mental & Physical: Signs of domestic violence can be psychological and physical. Victims exhibit severe anxiety, depression, exaggerated startle response, isolation from friends and families, and verbal domination and/ or humiliation by spouse in public. Victims may have bruises and cuts in various stages of healing, explination of injury does not fit the wound, 50% of injuries are found in head and neck region. ...Read more