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Domestic Violence on Mood Disorder and Prospect of Therapy

Lely Setyawati Kurniawan

It is not always easy to predict at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. In
fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early stages of a relationship.
Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t appear in several months and years, but rather emerge
and intensify as the relationship grows. Abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive
partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.
Recent research has found that experiences of domestic violence are more common among adults
with all types of mental health disorders than the general population.

Domestic violence refers to violence, abuse and intimidation between people who are are
currently or have previously been in an intimate relationship. The perpetrator uses violence to
control and dominate the other person. This causes fear, physical harm and psychological harm.
Domestic violence is a violation of human rights.

Mood disorders are suspected as one of the mental disorders that underlies a person committing
violence against his family, with various social backgrounds they have. Traumatic experiences in
childhood seem to influence the emergence of potential for violence in adulthood and
vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. Mood disorders are often associated with traumatic
childhood experiences and potential emergence of domestic violence.

Early detection and sufficient vigilance of the possibility of a mood disorder need to be educated
and socialized to all married couples, as part of pre-marital counseling, and recognized by every
marriage counselor. Thus when one or both of them apparently suffer from a mood disorder, they
are accustomed to seeking help. With good and structured family psychotherapy, the prospect of
therapy will get better.

Keywords: Domestic Violence - mood disorders - prospects of therapy