Violence on Women in North America
Four million women every year are victims of domestic battering in the United States. The reason the number keeps growing is because the nation is not addressing this problem as a serious crime. It is viewed today as a mild problem in our society when it is affecting a lot of our communities. A program that was made in the country a couple years ago is called Prevention of abuse. It is offered in a non sponsored way by the agency of United Way. They have access to newspaper and television news programs, where they feed statistics and information about what women face in the community today.
This program is a step into preventing violence against women. It feels the first way to fix the problem is to expose it. The media is a way of letting people everywhere what is really going on in our streets. Also in this program they have a treatment process used on families with violence problems to help prevent them from escalating. The couples go to a weekly hour and fifteen minute session where they go through three phases. (1) The assessment and diagnosis (2) linking prevention efforts to presenting problems (3) treatment through facilitating differiation. (Page 4 Perez, Philip)
During the assessment and diagnosis the couples go through individual interviews where they fill out forms and have sheets that inform them the on what violence against a partner really is. The interview is considered a critical part of the process because it gives the therapist a better understanding of where the violence may lead or the risk of it escalating. “The couples are informed on what domestic violence really is which is a violent confrontation between family or household members involving physical harm, sexual assault, or fear of physical harm. The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors, including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse, and isolation to coerce and to control the other person. Abuse in a relationship is any act used to gain power and control over another person. Women who are abused physically are often isolated. Their partners tend to control their lives to a great extent as well as verbally degrade them. Domestic violence hurts all family members. When a person is abusive he or she eventually loses the trust and respect of his or her partner. Abused partners are afraid to communicate their feelings and needs” (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)
Later as couples they go over the cycle of violence. Or in this program they like to call it the cycle of tension. It starts as tension then builds to a blowup stage and finally contrition/honeymoon stage. Also during the diagnosis they look for the level control in the relationship. They feel somehow men feel a need to control some aspects of their lives to cover the emotional depencey they may have with their wives. (Page.8 Perez, Philip) “When they are linking prevention efforts to problems there therapists put the couples back together and address what...