Domestic Violence and Death

The Relationship between Domestic Violence and Death

Recent news reports have sadly recounted the shocking story of the beating death of NFL star Adrian Peterson's young son. Joseph Patterson was charged with the crime. A look into his background reveals he was previously charged with simple assault in a domestic violence related case revolving around a women and her three year old son.


Cases such as these have brought greater national attention to crimes related to domestic violence. Such attention has also revealed that domestic violence situations can often lead to very tragic results.


The specter of domestic violence is something that hangs over the head of the United States as evidenced by the many arrests of husbands and fathers on battery charges. (The overwhelming majority of those charged with domestic violence are male) Physical abuse, sadly, is not all that domestic abuse is limited to. Domestic abuse and death can be tragically related. Physical abuse can escalate significantly and this leads to a fatality. Statistics bear out this problem is far greater than many would assume. In the city of Greensboro, NC alone, seven deaths have been reported as being due to domestic violence. This is a significant increase over previous years.


The scenarios related to domestic violence and death can range from accidental fatalities to murder suicides of entire families. Questions may certainly be raised as to why certain people may be abusive towards their spouses or their children. On the most basic of levels, the abuse is rooted in a desire to control. To make people conform the behavior the abuser wishes, physical and verbal abuse may be used. The levels of the abuse can increase and do so irrationally. Since the abuser is commonly a person who has psychological problems, the behavior the person embodies is not likely one that will respond rationally.


Deep rooted psychological problems exist in those who are guilty of domestic abuse. Often, the person who is the abuser is someone who learned such behavior in his own home as a child. The person may have also grown up in a culture of violence that has contributed to becoming desensitized towards committing violent acts. Substance abuse can also contribute to becoming abusive towards others in the home. Unless the person suffering from domestic abuse seeks proper care and counseling, the reversal of such behavior is not likely to ever occur.


Long term counseling may be able to yield a sought after solution to violent behavior in the home. The serious issue that so many have to deal with is there is a clear and present danger that exists in the home. An abusive spouse or parent presents a threat to those in the home and an outburst of violent behavior can have very dire consequences. This is why it is so critical to call the police when a situation becomes physically violent or extremely worrisome threats are being made. No threat about committing serious violence should ever be ignored. Calling on the authorities when threats about committing major acts of violence might be the only thing capable of preventing the person from committing violence. As previously mentioned, domestic violence can result in a fatality.


Those in a domestic violence situation are not going to be concerned with sociological issues related to the problem. They will be concerned with their own safety and the safety of their family. Taking legal steps for improving personal safety is the only logical course of action to follow.

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