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By Corey A. Washington

America's attempt to counter terrorism at home and overseas continues while wars on U.S. soil such as gang violence and hate crimes are mounting. Even inside quiet suburban homes, there are fights raging - some for years, which about one-third of women live with regularly. Domestic violence is still an issue in our country, as much as we may or may not want to sweep the silent epidemic under the rug.

Over the years, activist groups against domestic violence have formed dozens of web sites offering information and resources for victims of domestic violence, researchers, and even abusers.

The answer to why domestic violence still exists in America's "civil" society is vague, according to the numerous web sites which address the age-old issue. Often, it's a common habit in a person's culture. It can also be a learned behavior or a result of serious aggression. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's web site points out the signs some men project, like those who objectify women, appear successful but feel inadequate, or routinely exhibit extreme jealousy.

Regardless of the factors involved, it's still unacceptable.

Female victims of domestic violence have found themselves suffering from a lack of compassion from other women when they choose to stay in their volatile relationships. Many women who say they do not tolerate domestic violence in their relationships consider women who remain "stupid" or addicted to the abuse. But experts are finding this perception from other women to be a serious issue in itself, leaving the victims feeling alone and/or helpless.

Many online resources, such as www.prevent-abuse-now.com/domviol.htm, says the reasons why women remain in their relationships are the cliche`s most people have come to expect, such as: feeling in love, believing their husband or boyfriend will change, and wanting their children (if any) to have a father, etc.

Treating domestic abuse (for victims and abusers) is still an important aspect of eliminating the problem, but prevention is arguably even more crucial. Endabuse.org says teaching children as they grow up how to become responsible and to behave accordingly is an important (yet sometimes overlooked) method of ending domestic violence before it begins. Some young males lack role models, not just father figures, to help guide them on the right path.

If you are concerned you could be in a relationship with a partner capable of domestic abuse, you can go to www.ncadv.org/problem/checklist.htm to fill out a checklist that covers the most common warning signs.

All around, there is a lot to be said about domestic violence, but there is even more that can still be learned by everyone.

For more information on domestic violence, visit:

www.ndvh.org,

www.endabuse.org, or

www.domesticviolence.org

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