Intimate PartnerViolence is a very serious confliction in relationships in the world. According to an article name “An AttachmentTheory Perspective on the Prepetuation of Intimate Partner Violence” by Eli J.
Finkel and Erica B. Slotter is a document that properly states the relationshipbetween the “Attachment Theory” and “Intimate Partner Violence”. Intimate Partner Violence can be broken downinto two ways. The first way is thiskind of behavior is due to the fact that certain men feel that they must bedominate over the woman there are intimate with and the woman have lower statusand must give into the man. The secondtype of behavior is that in the relationship both partners may exhibit violenceto suppress the feelings of being vulnerable or threatened in therelationship.
The”Attachment Theory” is about how either a child or adult can show signs ofattachment in different ways. Accordingto Finkel and Slotter, Adults features different ways of attachment as a childexhibits. The way the adult exhibitsthis type of attachment behavior is either classified as being secure,avoidant, and anxious-ambivalent. Securedemonstrates that in the relationship comfortable get close with others. Avoidant is the difficulty of being close withother because they feel that they can rely on or trust the other partner. Anxious-Ambivalent is the extreme anxiousnessof one partner worrying about the metal and physical actions of the otherpartner.
All of these theories are greatways to categorize the types of relationships that can arise between twopeople. Again these kinds of behaviorscan arise from people in the relationship feeling threatened of the bonddeteriorating or becoming none existent. According to the research documentedin the article they state that Intimate Partner Violence cannot be treated byindividual therapy or couples therapy but it can only agitate the situationfurther. Violence is the key in thistype of behavior because the abuser has the fear of the attachment bond beinglost. By the threat and indication ofthe attachment to another person being lost this is when the abuser instigatesthreats, physically and mentally, toward the other person. This is a recipe for disaster due to the factthat the abused cannot get out of the situation very easily. Also by these actions mentally and physicallystem from anxiety and distress arising in the abuser. Anxiety can be contributing to the abuser tobecome mentally impaired and not judge correctly what the abuser is doing tothe other partner.
The Attachment Theoryexplains the attributes of how the abuser may be threatened and the way theabuser can/will react. Many studies havebeen conducted that can only prove the mental and physical way someone mayabuse someone else. Someone abusingsomeone else is not to be tolerated.
Theabuse of someone should be reported and the abuser should be taken to thefullest extent of the law. The action ofabuse, whether physical or mental, can affect someone for the rest of his orher life. Life is precious and we mustprotect that beautiful gift.