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Family Violence

Jamiah Riddick

Walden University

FPSY – 6206; Family Violence

Dr. Millimen

April 26th, 2021

Scott used to be a calm husband, but the stress from work has led him to develop abusive habits that are escalating with his drinking habits. While alcohol is not the direct cause of Scott developing violent and aggressive behavior, it is considered as a compounding effect. Based on his recent drinking to reduce stress from work, binge drinking increases by developing anger and aggression as a receiving end based on an individual’s behavior. Andrea’s plan of moving out and planning a restraining order would result in regular drinking, that might cause more aggression. Scott might break into Andrea’s new home, causing more violence that might harm the family.

Filing a restraining order by Andrea might exacerbate Scott’s behavior. In the past, Scott has portrayed explosive temper instances where he attacked his wife for grabbing his beer in one instance. He also has jealousy behaviors where he accuses Andrea of having an affair with her boss during one of his visits to Andrea’s workplace. He constantly has portrayed Mr. Hyde’s personality by appearing to be kind or loving in one moment. Another minute he is violent and ugly. Hyde’s character was viably a sociopath. He was abhorrent, narcissistic, and absolutely coldblooded to anybody yet himself (Mr Hyde in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2021). Likewise, he was savage and carried out horrible crimes(Mr Hyde in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2021). He is unforgiving and doesn’t atone for his crimes and sins(Mr Hyde in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2021). He is self centered and wants for complete dominance (Mr Hyde in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2021).

Filling a restriction order for Scott will result in more aggression that might harm him or other people next to him. Also, this might result in extreme negative behavior that might leave him under substance abuse. Also, he will not talk to his children, who might give him the support comfort of a positive life.

To prevent the escalation of Scott’s behavior, he should receive counseling or join peer counseling groups. Also, he set clear expectations through setting clear grounds over their behavior. Some simple regulations that can be taken include no swearing and following the given directions by ensuring that he faces the consequences if he does not follow the rules (Muller, 2009). Also, Scott should avoid instances of a negative talk by avoiding negative facial expressions and talks.

Avoiding negative talks in a non-aggressive strategy reduces aggression instances by an individual. Lastly, Andrea should ensure she does not judge or make any assumptions concerning any aggressive behavior from her husband and try to evaluate measures of solving the problem.

High Conflict is majorly used along different literature such as psychotherapy, family court, and divorce to describe relationships in Conflict. High-conflict divorce has shown significant effects, majorly on children (Johnston, 2018). Interparental Conflict that occurs after divorce is defined through physical and verbal aggression over distrust and hostility.

This affects the relationship between children and their parents with greater maladjustment and emotional distress. Children undergoing this situation are especially boys with higher chances of getting disturbed clinically in behavior and emotions than the norms. As a result, children should be assigned intervention programs with appropriate social policies over the presented families.

The concept of children being assigned to intervention programs can be applied in professional practices to improve children’s mental and behavioral outcomes. Major causes of divorce are hostility and distrust that results in aggression by partners that largely impacts children. Divorce might affect the children negatively and might result in substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. The case of death in the family could apply these strategies in solving negative outcomes from relationships.


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Johnston J. (2018). High-Conflict Divorce.

Mr Hyde in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 2021. – Characters – GCSE English Literature Revision – BBC Bitesize. BBC News, BBC,

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