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Domestic violence facts for kids

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True Manhood - Anti-Domestic Violence Sign - Outside Entebbe - Uganda
A campaign poster against domestic violence in Uganda. The sign reads: Beating my wife destroyed my marriage, don't do what I did.

Domestic violence means that in a relationship or marriage, one or both of the partners uses physical or psychological violence to try to get power or control over the other or due to losing their temper. There is often a predictable pattern or cycle of violence in a relationship and the abuse tends to get worse over time.

In any culture or community, there are beliefs and attitudes that support domestic violence and beliefs and attitudes that do not support domestic violence. In most countries, laws exist to protect the victim of such violent acts. There are also organisations that can help in such situations.

Domestic violence sometimes does not get reported to the police. Estimates say that only a third of domestic violence cases (or even less) get reported to the authorities

Many people who use violence against their partners have mental disorders, especially antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Related pages

  • Cycle of abuse (patterns in relationships where there is domestic violence)

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Violencia doméstica para niños

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