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Abstract

Healthy and open communication about the dynamics of domestic violence and patriarchy are essential to dismantling the roots and causes of abuse. To examine these two stigmatized concepts, definitions must be established; for this paper, patriarchy will be defined as an ideological and social position where men hold power over all other identities (Jackson 2003). The term domestic violence will be used to describe the assertion of power and control over another person through repetitive abuse and manipulation (Kelly 2016). While patriarchy may not be the issue at hand, it has propelled domestic violence to impact the way American society views abuse against women, as well as within and against the LBGTQ community. Advocates can learn to identify violence and abuse during tension, post tension, and reconciliation stages (Kelly and Westmarland 2016); consider why survivors choose to stay; and change the language surrounding survivors.

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