Abuse and violence can take lots of different forms. Most people are aware of the physical forms of abuse but are often less knowledgeable about the other forms of abuse. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, sexual, economic, and occur in the form of neglect. Domestic abuse occurs across all races, socioeconomics, education levels, religious groups, genders, and sexual orientations. Nurses are typically the first people to encounter domestic abuse, but sadly most perpetrators and victims do not seek out help.
Most people who abuse others have an intense need to control. Many perpetrators struggle with jealousy issues, low self-esteem, and feelings of inferiority. Many simply cannot regulate their emotions very well, in particular feelings of anger. Unfortunately, for some, it is learned behavior as they grew up in homes with domestic abuse and see it as a way to deal with conflict. Sometimes people have cultural backgrounds that support the belief that it is acceptable to control their partner. In many instances of domestic abuse alcohol and drugs disinhibit the impulse to be violent. Not surprisingly, many domestic abuse calls involve some degree of intoxication. These are some of the more common contributors and drivers for abuse.
If you have been a victim or feel you need help with anger issues, feel free to contact IPC so you can schedule a consultation with one of our psychologists or psychiatrists so we can help discuss treatment options. Please call us now at 763-416-4167, or click here to request an appointment. We are here to help you through this difficult time.