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Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

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I definitely feel for those who are confined with abusive parents, siblings or spouses.

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Men, yes men, will also make up part of those victims of domestic violence as well.

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Men, yes men, will also make up part of those victims of domestic violence as well.

A very small minority only.

It's women who bear the brunt of domestic violence, and children.

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@BigYen: I have to disagree. I have never known a guy to pull a knife on his wife, but know a handful of guys that had that happen to them by their wives.

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" Intimate Partner and Family Violence, across the lifetime". That was my major in college, pretty heavy. I went on to work in a number of social service nonprofits focused on enhanced family outcomes and a very big part of that was addressing the effects of IPV, child and elder abuse and neglect. From my perspective, borne of personal experience, any and all fears that people are having about the negative possibilities presented by this situation are well founded.

My wife and I have been together 24/7 for nearly 30 years. We spent most days together. Doing stuff together, laughing, playing, and we also go to our own parts of the house to do what we want or need to do.*

Thats inspiring, honestly. Something like what you and your wife have, just doesn't happen by itself. It might seem like it to you, but it just doesn't. What you have accomplished together is a wonderful testament to a level of commitment and devotion that is sadly missing in many relationships in today's world. Well done.

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 I have to disagree. I have never known a guy to pull a knife on his wife, but know a handful of guys that had that happen to them by their wives.

Your personal anecdotes definitely trump the statistics.

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When people stay isolated and sequestered for too long of a time, things like this can easily happen.

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@Tom

I've never known anyone, male or female, who pulled a knife on their partner. I'd suggest yours is not the experience of most people.

But I read a lot and I listen to what people say. Sure, there are some violent and crazy women out there. I've known a couple of those, although (thankfully) not in any personal domestic relationship. In any case, they're outnumbered - and if it comes to it, out-muscled - by the violent men. And being "out-muscled" is important. It's not the norm for smaller, weaker people (i.e. most women) to violently attack larger, stronger people (i.e. most men) although obviously, it does happen. Often, that's in self-defence.

I believe that the crime statistics in most countries support the conclusion that women and children are by far the main victims, although not the only ones, of domestic violence.

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*Gender:** Women are much more likely than men to be the victims of high risk or severe domestic abuse: 95% of those going to Marac or accessing an Idva service are women 3,4*

http://www.safelives.org.uk/policy-evidence/about-domestic-abuse/who-are-victims-domestic-abuse

Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.[viii]

From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.[ix]

https://www.thehotline.org/resources/statistics/

https://ncadv.org/statistics

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@Chip: If you included an embarrassment stat in there, I would suspect that men were equally abused if not just physically but mentally as well. Men are too embarrassed to express this issue.

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Tom:

You think there are enough embarrassed men out there to make up for the 60% deficit relative to women victims? (From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.)

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Facebook friends have been joking about a potential baby boom in 9 months, but what came to my mind was also the number of likely divorces because of this. Sadly, I forgot about domestic violence as well. Let's hope this virus passes quickly.

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That's what I love about the media. Always a happy word to cheer you up in times of darkness. Thanks JT!

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Abuse be it mentally or physically is appalling.

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And just think how much more deadly that abuse can be if the house has a basement full of firearms to include assault weapons...

Maybe they'll shoot their wives if they loot the refrigerator...

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if you are a woman beater you will be like that, virus or not

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It's women who bear the brunt of domestic violence, and children.

Males, of all ages, are just as likely as females to be affected by violent behavior.

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Forget the Husband/Wife thing - that's always been happening, and will always continue... it's worthy of a separate discussion.

The biggest trouble I suspect we will see, is with Families with "Children" who are either in, or entering their Teenager year's.... how to handle their Frustrations!

Teenagers are the ones experiencing the most volatility in their Temperaments (a natural thing during that stage of life), and being cooped up with their Parents in a small space is going to be a huge strain upon the Family relationship.

Suggestions ?

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And... Teenagers are the ones who can be explosive and fight against their parents, potentially grabbing a knife without thinking about what they are doing.

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And just think how much more deadly that abuse can be if the house has a basement full of firearms to include assault weapons...

Maybe they'll shoot their wives if they loot the refrigerator

Or if you have dinner plates or knives poles, hammers, rope, scissors, razors, people under pressure can grab or use anything to lash out. It’s all so scary what people under pressure or losing can do, all the possibilities, scary.

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@Chip: If you included an embarrassment stat in there, I would suspect that men were equally abused if not just physically but mentally as well

Undoubtedly there is an embarrassment factor, but the numbers are hard to quantify.

We can however take a look at murder rates by partners. In the UK every year nearly a hundred women are murdered by partners.

There are very few men killed by women.

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Or if you have dinner plates or knives poles, hammers, rope, scissors, razors, people under pressure can grab or use anything to lash out.

Just none of those are quite as effective as a gun. If they were, people wouldn't bother to own guns.

We could equip our police with dinner plates and save a lot of money.

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Males, of all ages, are just as likely as females to be affected by violent behavior.

Actually, men are more likely to be victims off violence than women. It is just less likely to be domestic violence.

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