Chabely Rodriguez Rodriguez 1
December 10th, 2013
What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is the leading cause of an injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more than car accidents, muggings and rape combined. A woman is most likely to be assaulted, injured, raped or killed by a male partner than by any type of assault. Domestic violence occurs in every state, let alone many countries, in all economic, ethnic and social backgrounds. Many victims of domestic violence have changed their lives and escaped the abuse while the other victims haven’t. Domestic violence happens very often in a lot of foreign families which causes kids to rebel while growing up.
Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called Domestic violence. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose only which is to gain and maintain total control over the other person. An abuser doesn’t like to play fair because they fear guilt, shame and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Domestic violence also includes threats, hurting you and hurting those around you as well. Domestic violence and abuse doesn’t discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex couples. It occurs within all ages, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels.
Homosexual domestic violence is a hard topic. The “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered”, also known as “LGBT”, communities have been really into discussing homosexual domestic violence for the fear of the negative stereotypes and discredit from the push for legal acceptance of their relationships. Anyone in a same-sex relationship is most likely to be abused by their significant other, rather than beaten in any type of anti-gay predicaments. Legislative efforts, to prevent domestic violence, only cover different sex couples. Anti-gay organizations appeal to homosexual domestic violence to help their allegations that homosexuality is a threatening, unhealthy, unstable and violent lifestyle. Homosexual domestic violence challenges our gendered comprehension of domestic violence because it cannot be referred to gender difference, the freedom of women, or the private business of family violence.
Chris, a young male from New York City, is a smart man with an education, plans and a busy social life. He is identified as a homosexual. He experienced an altercation with a physical and psychological abusive partner who left him broke, mentally and emotionally destroyed. Chris met a guy name Jose at a lounge in Washington Heights in early December 2004 and he felt it was love at first sight. “I saw his eyes, and the way he dressed” said Chris. “He made me feel protected. My ideal Latino man” A honeymoon period ensued and within three months Chris and Jose were...