Spousal - or domestic - abuse is not a single form of maltreatment. October 24, 2004 7:36 AM
Most abusers are men. Still, some are women. We use the masculine and feminine adjectives and pronouns ('he", his", "him", "she", her") to designate both sexes: male and female as the case may be.
Spousal - or domestic - abuse is not a single form of maltreatment. It comprises the entire panoply of abusive behaviors - sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, physical, psychological, and verbal - when they are directed exclusively or mostly at the abuser's spouse, mate, girlfriend, or boyfriend.
This raises serious questions:
Why is the spouse/mate singled out? What are the dynamics of such a relationship - both overt and covert? Why do the abused remain in the abusive environment? What can be effectively done about such mistreatment - especially when it is impossible to prove?
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