An Unseen Crime
A crime that affects between one and four million women in the U.S yearly is domestic violence. This crime, which many do not know is a federal crime, responsible for about thirty percent of female murders (Asher, Elba, Sugg 1). According to the American Bar Association (ABA), 90-95% of domestic violence victims are women (2) and “ 70% of intimate homicides are female” (2) intimate murder, as opposed to murder by a stranger. Women today need to understand what domestic violence is and need to educate themselves that domestic violence is a serious crime. Domestic violence towards women is the most common form of violence throughout the United States. It affects a woman’s lifespan from health-related problems such as sex selective abortion of female fetuses, forced suicide, and abuse, and is obvious, to a certain extent in the general public.
Like any other topic, domestic has its history. In the md-1800s, the majority of legal systems allowed wife beating because they felt as if it was a valid excuse for a man to have authority over his wife. It wasn’t until 1850, Tennessee outlawed wife beating. This was one step towards where we are today in prevention and awareness to domestic violence. After Tennessee outlawed wife beating it became a trend and all of the other states followed. By the end of the 1870s, courts in the U.S. started opposing husbands physically discipline their wives. Then in the early twentieth century, it became common for authority to get involved in cases in domestic violence in the U.S.
Domestic violence has a long history, but in our modern day society it is defined as the “physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, or financial abuse between present or former intimate partners” (“Domestic Violence” 1). Any type of abuse generates at a slow pace and eventually starts to worsen. There are small signs that women can look for such as an act of violence against a pet, which then will escalate to threats upon another person. Then there will be a point where the violence will escalate and the victim will experience slapping, pushing, punching, etc. Soon after such violence it can lead to life threatening situations where the abuser may resort to choking, breaking bones, and use weapons (“Why Do Men Batter Women” 1-2). According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), acts of violence are categorized as the following (“What is Battering” 1). Physical Battering: Injuries can start from bruises to murder. This is also known as the crackling egg shells or the tension building phase. This phase is distinguished by having poor communication skills, tension, and fear. This is the stage where the victim tries not to provoke the abuser so she/he can avoid any type of threatening confrontation. After the tension building phase the cycle will continue to take the route which can range from hours, days, weeks, and even years. The next step would be a violent episode where there will be outbursts of...