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Domestic Violence - Abusive Relationship

Why Men Are More Aggressive - Genes and hostile attitudes
Aggression in men may be due to variations in one of two genes involved in the activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin, according to a study. However, men with the `aggression` genes aren`t necessarily all cads; genetics appears to be predictive only if men have hostile attitudes and fathers who never completed high school. Moreover, a genetic predisposition toward aggression could be rebuffed by a mother who nurtures her infant, suggests another study involving primates.



Study highlights family violence - Tackling Domestic Violence
More than 34,000 women from Newcastle will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, according to new research in the city. The figure is included in the findings of a year-long study into the impact of violence within families. The report - Tackling Domestic Violence - urges awareness training in schools. The study revealed that in nine out of 10 cases of domestic violence, children were in the same or adjoining room.

France raises marriage age limit to combat domestic violence
The French parliament has raised the age at which a woman can get married - from 15 to 18 - as part of a package to combat domestic violence. The law, which aims to prevent forced marriages, makes the age limit the same as that for men. Tougher penalties for marital rape and assault will now be extended to partners and ex-partners in general.

Stop Whingeing & Moaning About Your Bad Relationship
Here's a challenge to warring couples around the world: "Stop whingeing and moaning about your bad relationship and either mend it or end it!" Far too many couples are making themselves miserable by being too demanding, inflexible and selfish. Some people spend more time arguing and complaining about how bad things are with their partners, than working out the differences in their relationships. In some cases, people can be so preoccupied with sweating the small stuff, that they lose sight of the really significant things like love, trust, forgivenesss, fidelity, support and understanding.
(articlecity - Seltzer Cole)

Tackling domestic violence - at work
Employers are taking a hand in tackling domestic violence. One woman in four is abused in her lifetime. Men and those in same-sex relationships are also victims of violence in the home. So it is not surprising companies are starting to address the problem - after all, it makes good financial sense. Domestic violence is estimated to cost the UK economy Б2.7bn a year in decreased productivity, lost wages and sick pay. All too often, the perceived stigma of domestic violence keeps victims and those around them silent.

I walked away and started again - Leaving a violent relationship can be difficult
Leaving a violent relationship can be incredibly difficult, as victims of domestic violence testify. Fiona, who is now 48, moved away from her family and friends to live in a different city. But she only found the courage to do so after a manager at work intervened. I'm still in the position where I have not seen him since I left, and I don't want to see him again. I don't want him to come along and mess up my life. He said if he couldn't have me, no-one else could, and he threatened to kill me. I met him at college. I was very young and very naive.

Helping Women Break the Cycle of Abuse by Partners
Until the night he smashed her car windows, broke into her home and threatened to kill her, Priscilla thought her boyfriend was a reasonable guy. "We'd been best friends since I was 12, and he was always like my protector," she said. But when she became pregnant by him at 17, his attention turned menacing.

Record numbers of men are being hit by their wives and girlfriends
For centuries, women have been stereotyped as the passive victims of violence and aggression. Yet experts are now warning that record numbers of men are being physically abused by their stressed- out wives and girlfriends. New figures show that the number of calls to domestic violence helplines from male victims has more than doubled over the past five years.

Study - Possible predictors of relationship violence
Men behave in certain ways to retain their partner and to continue their relationship with her. Sometime it's sweet, like holding hands or giving flowers, and sometimes it's a harbinger of danger. A study published in the latest issue of Personal Relationships identifies several specific acts and tactics that lead to the possibility of violence. Vigilance over a partner's whereabouts was the highest-ranking tactic predicting violence across the researchers' three-study investigation. Emotional manipulation, such as a man saying he would "die" if his partner ever left also was predictive of violence.

Schools have crucial role in tackling domestic violence
Sexist language and playground banter that portrays girls as inferior to boys can legitimise domestic violence in later life and should not be tolerated in schools. Seeing women and girls as inferior to men and boys lies at the heart of most domestic violence. In the pamphlet, which was launched to coincide with International Women's Day, teachers are advised to challenge gender stereotypes and focus on promoting mutual respect. The pamphlet also gives advice to teachers who fear that pupils may be living with domestic violence or other forms of abuse against women in the home.