Domestic violence is much more widespread and common in the United States than earlier believed. A disturbing new study released by the University Of Michigan, finds that as many as one in five American males admit to using some sort of physical violence against their spouse or partner.

Those acts of violence include everything from hitting, grabbing and punching, to making threats of violence, choking, burning and even more serious acts of violence. What those statistics seem to indicate to San Jose family lawyers is that domestic violence as a family law problem in the United States is very common, and many cases are going unreported. The study also confirms that domestic violence is not a problem that is confined to one group of persons. This is not a problem that is restricted to African-American communities or Hispanic families. Those high rates of violence can be seen across the board, and across all communities, races, and education and income levels.

According to the researchers, most of the efforts to prevent intimate partner violence have typically centered on screening women at risk of domestic violence , and helping them avoid an abusive situation. They now believe that it is equally important to identify aggressive tendencies in men.

For instance, one of the findings that emerged from the study was that more than 50% of males, who were violent against partners, had visited a hospital for a medical checkup at least over the last one year, while more than a third had received emergency medical treatment over the past 12 months. That indicates that screening may help identify these potentially aggressive tendencies that can later be rectified.

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