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The United States office on violence against women defines domestic violence as, "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control" (United States Department of Justice [USDOJ], n.d., ¶ 1). The violence includes threats, intimidation, physical, emotional, or psychological actions used to persuade the partner (USDOJ). At one point in history chastising and battering one's wife was socially acceptable. With the women's movement views changed and abuse became illegal. Laws now include violence against women, children and elderly. President Clinton, in 1994, signed the Violence against Women Act. This paper will discuss...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Domestic Violence is the most common form of assault in Australia.Hundreds of thousands of Australian women are subjected to violence within their relationships. Studies indicate that such violence occurs in all social classes, races and cultures, and that women constitute the majority of victims, while men are the majority of offenders. The following information provides some idea of the extent and nature of domestic violence throughout Australia. 7.1% of the adult female population or 490 400 women experience violence. 6.2% of these women experienced violence perpetrated by a male, and 1.6% experienced violence perpetrated by a female. Many victims feel unable to...
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Did you know that every 9 seconds a women is being beaten or assaulted? It is known that around the world, at least one and every three women has been beaten into having sex or some rudely thing in her entire lifetime. There are many cases where the abuser is a family member. Domestic violence is that the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sex crime, and different abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is a virulent disease touching people in each community, notwithstanding age, economic standing, race, religion, status or academic background. Violence against girls is usually amid showing emotion abusive and dominant behavior, and so is a...
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Student's Last Name 1McLean1Sanuelle McLeanStanley MolinariENC 110112 December 2013Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. (ICADV) Maintaining this power and control comes from abusing the partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to...
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Somewhere in America at this very moment, a woman is being abused. She will be left with bruises, cuts, broken bones, and scars. The scars that last forever are not physical; however, they are ones of mental anguish. Her abuser is not a stranger, rather her husband or boyfriend. In this country, domestic violence is almost as common as giving birth. There is, however, hope for these women; help is available.Domestic violence occurs way too often in American society. There are many reasons why people need to speak out against domestic violence. One reason is that statistics show that most abusers will continue to abuse until they are arrested. Another reason is that domestic violence doesn't...
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I conducted research on domestic violence and discovered several points of interest. Our text book, Intimate Violence in Families by Richard Gelles, says, "Once we have completed our examination of the incidence and extent of the various types of family violence, we are left with a quite inescapable conclusion that the family is society's most violent institution, excepting only the military in times of war." (Gelles, Pg 124) Family violence is another indication that all is not well known. Police and welfare workers know the scene well: the battered child, wife, husband, parent, or even grandparent. Physical abuse is not rare manifestation of personal problems; family violence in some form...
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Domestic violence has gotten so bad now that it is recognized as a national health problem (Yonaka, L, et al.). Statistics done by the Bureau of Justice between the years 2001 and 2005 showed that about 511,000 violent assaults were made against women, and about 105,00 against men by their spouse or partner, half resulting in physical injury. In another statistic, about one in six pregnant women were reported for domestic violence cases (“Screening for Abuse May Be Key to Ending It.”). The affects that the domestic violence had in the health of the fetus was that the baby had a delay in prenatal care, and the risk for low birth weight had gone up. Another thing that came into play here was...
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IntroductionDomestic Violence Against Women is a global issue reaching acrossnational boundaries as well as socio-economic, cultural, racial and classdistinctions. It is a problem without frontiers. Not only is the problemwidely dispersed geographically, but its incidence is also extensive, making ita typical and accepted behavior. Only recently, within the past twenty-fiveyears, has the issue been "brought into the open as a field of concern andstudy" (Violence Against Women in the Family, page 38).Domestic violence is not an isolated, individual event but rather apattern of repeated behaviors that the abuser uses to gain power and controlover the victim. Unlike stranger-to-stranger...
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After high school, many parents are excited to send their children to college. They send them to schools like Hampton, Harvard, and Yale to get the best college education possible. A loving father knows that his little girl is growing up and going to find love soon. But what he doesn’t expect is that his beautiful precious daughter might be the next victim of domestic violence. Reports of domestic violence have flourished on the college campuses of this country. Nearly one-third of college students report being physically assaulted by a partner they’ve dated in the previous 12 months. Women should know how domestic violence impacts a women’s psyche and her mental ,...
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domestic violenceDomestic violence. The first vision that crosses most minds is the quick thrust of a husbands hand across the sacred face of his wife. All to well it is an everyday event happening in nearly one third of family's homes. And what are the most common responses to this heinous, cowardly act? It would be thought to be viewed as an act deserving the penalty of death. But rather the reasoning behind most are such expressions as, "she deserved it," or "she needs to be kept in line" (DVD, 1). Some experts say women are more likely to be killed by their male partners than by all other perpetrators combined (Awake, 5). This expose will scratch the surface as to what domestic violence...
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Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence is a problem that affects everyone including the victim, family members, community, and society. There are several different types of domestic violence. They are:1. Physical violence - which is the most basic form of domestic violence leading toextensive injury, unsuccessful pregnancies and even murder, if the violence isallowed to escalate. Physical violence includes slapping, hitting, choking, burning,pulling of the hair, preventing the victim any access to an exit, or the use of anytype of weapon.2. Mental and Emotional abuse- is harm to the victims ability to think, reason, orhave feelings, intimidation, degradation, and humiliation. This type of...
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Domestic Violence Domestic violence is one of the most insidious forms of violence. It is a violent act that takes place between a man and woman, husband and wife. This type of behavior turns love into terror. Woman battery is a universal phenomenon, occurring on all levels of society and in all cultures.Battered women typically have poor self-images and low self-esteems. The victim of such abuse must live with the fear of their perpetrator day in and day out. It is difficult to understand why the battered spouse remains with the perpetrator. As Davis explains in chapter sixteen women often feel trapped within their relationships. They have been ridiculed to a degree in which is life...
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There is no question that domestic violence directed against women is a serious problem. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop has called it women’s number-one health problem. The statistics reported in the popular press are staggering: Nearly one third of women in hospital emergency departments are there due to domestic violence, three out of four female homicide victims are killed by their husbands or lovers, and 6 million women are victims of abuse by people they know each year (Journal of the American Medical Association June, 1992).
Let us begin by first defining what abuse is: abuse is the use or threat to use physical, sexual, or verbal behavior to coerce the...
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Running head: DOMESTIC VIOLENCEDomestic ViolenceAbstractDomestic violence is a devastating problem in the homes of American citizens. While some, more extreme cases make the news and create awareness, most go by undetected until the point that it is too late. It is imperative for society to become familiar with the signs of domestic violence so it can be handled effectively and to the full extent of the law.Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence is an extreme issue plaguing society resulting in nothing but a broken reality that love is not always love after all. Think of all the parts of a life that are broken from domestic violence: families, homes, bones, and...
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Violence. Mentioning the word conjures up images of assault, abuse, and even murder. In today's American society, violence is more prevalent now then ever. Annually, we see violence statistics rise and are left to wonder why. Each year 1 person out of every 40 is the victim of a violent crime. Everyone wants to find an answer a problem that is in great need of solving. But where do we look to find the answers? What causes people to behave in a violent fashion? There are several factors that will cause people to act violently. Maybe if we explore the reasons for the behavior, and address these issues, we will win our battle with violence.Drug and alcohol abuse in this country has always been...
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Each day, the statistics on domestic violence get more and more horrifying. A woman is beaten every 15 seconds, 22 to 35 percent of emergency room visits from women are because of ongoing partner abuse, 1 in 4 pregnant women have a history of partner violence, and 63 percent of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 are in jail for murdering their mothers abuser. Also domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women between 15 and 44. All these statistics prove that domestic violence is a big problem in our country.Battering in a relationship is the establishment of control and fear through violence and other forms of abuse. The batterer will use acts of violence and goes through...
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- Bharathan 1 Domestic Violence : Let?s not keep quiet Speaking the Unspeakable ?I heard him fall onto the bed. It was two in the morning; was it too late? I waited.I could feel every muscle twitch in anticipation, my heart quickened in preparation, blood rushed to every part of my body. But I continued to feign normalcy.? Two hours later Anjali1 crept out of bed and tiptoed across the stained broken glass and splinters of putrid wood. She was determined to get out. After 3 buses, 2 coffees, and a train ride across town, Anjali relaxed for the first time in three years. She did not look behind her shoulder. At last, she was free.Anjali is one of countless victims of a male dominated society,...
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In 1991, Governor William Weld modified parole regulations and permitted women to seek commutation if they could present evidence indicating they suffered from battered women's syndrome. A short while later, the Governor, citing spousal abuse as his impetus, released seven women convicted of killing their husbands, and the Great and General Court of Massachusetts enacted Mass. Gen. L. ch. 233, 23E (1993), which permits the introduction of evidence of abuse in criminal trials. These decisive acts brought the issue of domestic abuse to the public's attention and left many Massachusetts residents, lawyers and judges struggling to define battered women's syndrome. In order to help these...
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This essay was written by me. Some have advised me that it would not be wise to post such such personal data on the Internet. But, I do it for a couple of reasons. One reason is that someone must speak out so that others know they are not alone in their struggles. Women must know they are NOT crazy! Other reasons are if one woman is helped by this at anytime then I will consider this a success. If it helps one violent partner to realize the error of his/her ways and reconsider I will consider it a success! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please, Keep in mind that this essay is explicit (as are the comments page). I would not let my own young children read it, and I'm warning you...
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In our times, domestic abuse occurs quite regularly, and the Carrie Johnson case is no exception. The fact is a vagrant murdered Carrie Johnson in City Park, but the question that still remains is; who should take responsibility or blame for the death of Carrie Johnson? The answer is apparent: Miss. Johnson herself. Carrie Johnson is unquestionably responsible for her own death. Although others such as David Walker and Carrie's lover contributed to the circumstances, the central person who must be held accountable is Carrie Johnson, herself.Carrie Johnson is directly responsible for her own death because she allowed herself to live in a strained, controlled situation. Assuming that the...
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We examined the various forms of television violence and domestic violence in America. We provided statistics showing the amounts of violence facts about adolescent exposure. We compared and contrasted the differing effects of both and implemented a study to analyze the similarities. We observed children and gathered data regarding their response to specific kinds of violence and the psychological effects of each. We expected that the effects of television violence and domestic would be strikingly similar to one another and the results of our study prove the similarities and provoke awareness to the differences.
Television Violence and Domestic Violence have Similar Effects on...
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Domestic violence is the act of violence or abuse against a person living in one’s household, especially a member of one’s immediate family (Dictionary.com). I believe that domestic violence is affected by culture. In many communities, domestic violence is not a big topic, but to many women in different cultures; it is an event many women deal with everyday. Domestic violence is more common in other cultures and culture can affect women’s rights. Throughout many cultures around the world, domestic violence is present among their communities, and even the domestic violence rate in America is higher than other cultures that have respect for women’s rights, such as Spain. In foreign cultures...
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The World Health Organization defines violence as:
“The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation”.
WHO has declared violence against women both a public health problem and a violation of human rights.
Violence against women is of many types and has many faces. Also called Gender-based violence, public health experts around the world have called it the “Hidden Epidemic”. (ref)
Violence against women is an age-old practice but it was only in the last decade of the 20th...
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The Australian Government should allocate more funding to decrease domestic violence against Australian men.
New South Wales Law dictates “Domestic and family violence takes many forms. It involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear. It doesn’t have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of abuse.” (NSW Police, 2013). Domestic Violence impacts on many people in all kinds of ways. It is not only the victim, but the whole community who experiences the effects of Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence causes more ill-health than high blood pressure,...
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Unfortunately wrongful arrests happen way too often, as Setliff and I discussed. For example, a person may report having probable cause to claim domestic violence and request an arrest. Law enforcement must be vigilant to make sure they are handling domestic violence cases rightfully. Additionally, if an arrest is made, prosecutors should use the same care and caution in order to accurately charge offenders, and prosecute those offenders who truly do pose threat to victims.
It wasn’t until recently that attitudes regarding domestic violence have been taken seriously. Historically, the predominant thought was to blame the victim and give into myths and stereotypes. However, there has been a...
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A problem has become known and to many, they feel that it's about time that thegeneral public has taken notice. This problem has been a taboo for centuries and in themid nineties it has chosen to let itself be known, the problem that I am talking about isdomestic violence, it has ruined families, and demoralized the victims for years and nowbecause of the 'trial of the century' we finally are allowed to discuss it in detail, withoutfear of reprisal, now we get to familiarize ourselves with it and eventually after we get toknow all about it we can, through treatment, get rid of it. In this paper, I will discussproblems with the so called epidemic of domestic violence.This entire paper will be...
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For my research project I decided to do it on domestic violence. Domestic violence can be described as a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. Domestic violence can happen on the street, in one’s home or even in a public place. The people who are exposed to domestic violence can be children, men and women; women are usually the ones that suffer from domestic violence from their loved ones. There are plenty of subtopics to choose from that involves domestic violence, the sub topic that interested me the most was Police Officers that are involved in Domestic Violence acts. I chose to do my research topic on domestic...
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Domestic violence is a growing problem that occurs not only in the United States but also around the world as well. It can happen between partners in a same-sex relationship or at times the man will be the victim of a female partners abuse. However, a majority of the domestic abuse cases that we know about are women who have been battered by their male partner’s abuse. The reality of the matter is that each day the statistics on domestic violence is getting scarier. According to Loseke and Kurz (2005), “Families are, statistically speaking, very dangerous places for women but not for men: more than 40 percent of women’s hospital emergency room visits, arising from intentional violence were...
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The Women's Aid federation defines domestic violence as the physical,
psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within a
family type or an intimate relationship, and forms a pattern of
coercive and controlling behaviour. It may involve partners,
ex-partners or other relatives. Though the more
common view of domestic violence is that it is the behaviour of some
disturbed 'sick' individuals.
However sociologists have questioned this, saying that it's far too
widespread to be the work of just a few individuals. Domestic violence
accounts for almost a quarter of all violent crimes and is estimated
that 6.6 million domestic...
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Santia GuerrierFamily & SocietyReflectionThe article on Controversies Surrounding Mandatory Arrest Policies and the Police Response to Intimate Partner Violence by Amy Leisenring brings up a very interesting point on domestic violence among couples. Whether they are married or dating or if they are black or white. She makes a strong argument based on other research that has been done about how the Mandatory Arrest Policies (MAP) is necessary. Leisenring makes interesting point that the use of Mandatory Arrest Policies can be beneficial for women who are battered and those who are also in domestic violent relationship. She states that, "…intimate partner violence is a serious crime...
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As you read a newspaper or watch the news on T.V., you probably have come to the conclusion that violence is becoming a real serious problem in the world were we live. The nation has witnessed many acts of violence through the past few years. Some prime examples would be: O.J. Simpson, who was accused of murdering Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson; Susan Smith, who was found guilty of killing her own children; Timothy McVeigh, who is accused of the devesting Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building; Jeffery Dahmer, who was killed in prison after he was sentenced for the murders of several men.Violence is a very broad topic, although it is categorized into many small groups. There is...
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Workplace Domestic Violence DIAGNOSIS The following report outlines the immediate need for a domestic violence protocol for employees working in the District Attorney's Office. The goal is to implement a zero tolerance standard with regard to threats and violent behavior in the workplace. This policy includes, threats, violent behavior, direct, indirect, implied or actual, from any person, and directed toward any person, occurring at this county facility or in connection with the conduct of business without regard to location.PERSCRIPTION Recently, a security breech occurred evoking the need to implement immediately a protocol for employees to follow in cases of work place domestic violence....
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The first reaction upon hearing about the topic of battered men, for many people, is that of incredulity. Battered husbands are a topic for jokes (such as the cartoon image of a woman chasing her husband with a rolling-pin). One researcher noted that wives were the perpetrators in 73% of the depictions of domestic violence in newspaper comics (Saenger 1963).
Battered husbands have historically been either ignored or subjected to ridicule and abuse. In 18th-century France, a battered husband "was made to wear an outlandish outfit and ride backwards around the village on a donkey" (Steinmetz & Lucca 1988).
Even those of us who like to consider ourselves liberated and open-minded often...
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Domestic abuse in the United States is a large-scale and complex social and health problem. The home is the most violent setting in America today (Lay, 1994). Sadly enough, the majority of people who are murdered are not likely killed by a stranger during a hold-up or similar crime but are killed by someone they know. Not surprisingly, the Center for Disease Control and prevention has identified interpersonal violence as a major public health problem (Velson-Friedrich, 1994). Current estimates suggest that three to four million women are the victims of physical abuse by their intimate partners (Harris & Cook, 1994). According to the FBI, some form of domestic violence occurs in half of...
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Domestic abuse is a serious issue in our society. Everyday millions of people are abused by ones that are supposedly the individuals that love them the most. According to a recent national survey, one out of eight husbands engage in at least one violent act toward his wife during that year. The issue of domestic abuse is not discussed enough. We need to start out at an early age by educating young children in our schools about domestic abuse. We should not only find ways to raise awareness, but we must also inform these young minds that domestic abuse occurs not only through physical violence but also through other subtle yet just as damaging methods. Violence begins in the...
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Domestic abuse in the United States is a large-scale and complex social and health problem. The family is perhaps the most violent group, with the home being the most violent American institution or setting today (Lay, 1994). Sadly enough, the majority of people who are murdered are not likely killed by a stranger during a hold-up or similar crime but are killed by someone they know. Not surprisingly, the Center for Disease Control and prevention has identified interpersonal violence as a major public health problem (Velson-Friedrich, 1994).Current estimates suggest that three to four million women are the victims of physical abuse by their intimate partners (Harris & Cook, 1994)....
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Imagine this if you would as a parent or as a child. Late in the evening you areawakened by your mother returning home from the motel in which your father is stayingas a divorce grows near. You are young and do not know about what or why grown upsdo things. You haven't the slightest idea of what domestic violence is. Seeing yourmother crying you ask her, "What happened, why are you crying?." She pulls the sleeveof her shirt down to reveal her shoulder and upon your eyes you see a black and bluecircle just a bit bigger then a grown mans fist. Now, what do you say to the child? Howdoes one go about saying what happened? Tell the truth. Explain to the child the reasonfor it and that it is...
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Each day, the statistics on domestic violence get more and more
horrifying. A woman is beaten every 15 seconds, 22 to 35 percent of emergency
room visits from women are because of ongoing partner abuse, 1 in 4 pregnant
women have a history of partner violence, and 63 percent of young men between
the ages of 11 and 20 are in jail for murdering their mothers abuser. Also
domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women between 15 and 44.
All these statistics prove that domestic violence is a big problem in our
Battering in a relationship is the establishment of control and fear
through violence and other forms of abuse. The batterer...
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Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, can occur between two people in an intimate relationship. The abuser is not always the man; it can also be the woman. Domestic abuse can happen between a woman and a man, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. Domestic abuse shows no preference. If one partner feels abusive, it does not matter their sexual orientation, eventually the actions they are feeling will come out towards their partner.
Other people often overlook domestic abuse. People generally do not like to get themselves involved in other people’s problems, especially when they believe there might be problems at home. For one reason or the other, the person who is the...
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Unmistakably, domestic violence is a major issue in modern society, not only to the affected persons, but also to the entire community. Failure by the government to adequately address this aspect is most likely to expose more citizens to greater danger, which could include death. In view of this, Congress and other political leaders should adopt strict policies on domestic violence, because most citizens are suffering in one way or another from the effects of domestic violence. This is ostensibly because the current legal system does not sufficiently provide for the required protection, when it comes to domestic violence, and the situation at the moment is critical (Shipway, 20). This...
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Each year approximately 4.8 million acts of physical or sexual aggression are perpetrated against women while 2.9 million physically aggressive acts are perpetrated against men within the United States (Edleson, Ellerton, Seagren, Kirchberg, Schmidt & Ambrose, 2007). Many of these incidents take place in the presences of children, which make these figures even more disturbing (Evans, Davies & DiLillo, 2008). Research indicates that 40.2% of United States battered women responding in national surveys state that their children have witnessed one or more abusive events (Edleson et al., 2007). Overall 66% of research samples regarding childhood exposure to domestic violence...
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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...
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Domestic Violence as Oppression
Oppression is not a new phenomenon and it is defined in the social work dictionary as a social act of placing severe restrictions on individual, group, or institution. Typically a government or political organization in power places restrictions formally or covertly oppressed groups so they may be exploited and less able to compete with other social groups. The oppressed individual or group is devalued, exploited, and deprived of privileges by the individual or group who has more power (Barker, 2003).
Therefore, domestic violence is a form of oppression and control usually perpetrated against women and/or children and is defined by the social work dictionary...
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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his daughter, before killing himself. Professional athletes are arrested for domestic violence every week. But violence agains women is not anythng new. Many years ago, during the Vietnam war, more women were dying from domestic violence than the total number of men killed in Vietnam!
Women have been woman beaten and threatened for many centuries and surprisingly it has nothing to do with love or jealousy. It's all about power and control, and who has it, and who doesn't. There needs to be a stand against this violence.I would like to point the finger today at what we call our modern, computer smart, and...
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Domestic violence is an epidemic in our society with dramatic, negative effects on individuals, families and communities. Domestic violence is a crime that knows no economic, racial, ethnic, religious, age or gender limits. Women who are victims of domestic violence most likely are also victims of sexual assault and, stalking. A domestic violence victim may experience systematic rape in addition to physical and psychological abuse. According to Backman, (p.54) nearly one in every four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood. Three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America, on average women are at an increased risk of harm shortly...
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Domestic violence is the act of being angry and taking the wrong actions about the anger. “Violence and neglect are a part of many families’ everyday lives” which should not be considered a normal thing. Physical neglect is just one portion of domestic violence. “Failure to provide food, medical care, or shelter” is described as physical neglect. “Abuse can be a whole range of physical behavior—slapping, hitting, beating, or using weapons to hurt someone. Abuse includes verbal and emotional abuse, where someone is constantly insulted [and beaten down] to feel sad and worthless.” This can also cause one to have mental issues, like depression. Is it worth it to hurt an innocent child of...
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Domestic violence is a serious criminal, familial, and societal problem. Statistics indicate that many women fall victim to domestic violence however it is impossible to quantify the actual pain and degradation they face. Fear and terror are equally impossible to quantify as women and family anticipate their next assault. Domestic violence touches all walks of life therefore the use of gender specific language should not be construed to mean that domestic violence is only perpetrated on women or in heterosexual relationships. However, academic research consistently demonstrates that the majority of domestic violence victims are female and the batters male. For the...
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I would shut my eyes because I knew what was coming. And before I shut my eyes, I held my breath, like a swimmer ready to dive into a deep ocean. I could never watch when his hands came toward me; I only patiently waited for the harsh sound of the strike. I would always remember his eyes right before I closed my own: pupils wide with rage, cold, and dark eyebrows clenched with hate. When it finally came, I never knew which fist hit me first, or which blow sent me to my knees because I could not bring myself to open my eyes. They were closed because I didn’t want to see what he had promised he would never do again. In the darkness of my mind, I could escape to a paradise where he would never...
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“Domestic violence is the most ubiquitous constant in women’s lives around the world. There is virtually no place where it is not a significant problem, and women of no race, class, or age are exempt from its reach” -Joni Seager
Abstract: Domestic violence against women is a social problem that occurs in nearly every corner of the world. Recently, some states have begun to recognize that women must be protected from abuse by family members and intimates. While policies and practices designed to protect women have emerged in a number of countries, many lag behind on the issue. This paper will examine the causal factors behind the variation in protection for women. The literature on...
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This paper is an attempt to examine domestic violence in lesbian relationships, and the modern response to it, in a social and historical context. I chose to examine domestic violence within lesbian relationships in an attempt to look at violence in relationships outside the context of male and female. I did this because the popular beliefs that men are abusers and women are abused made it difficult to discuss or consider what was actually occurring in these troubled relationships, and what each partner contributed to the dynamic.
(Now, in 2011, those attitudes and beliefs have become imbedded into law and practice, particularly since the O.J. Simpson trial, and it is even more difficult...