Introduction: Domestic Violence is a crime that is growing every year. I am very concerned about justice for anyone that is a victim of domestic violence by a loved one. My purpose is to outline a crime victim policy for these victims. I intend to define these victims clearly, point to statistics relative to the crimes against them, analyze the context in which the crime occurs, state how victims might contribute to the crimes against them, describe the impact of the crime on society, and list proposed victim assistance to back up my new victim policy.
I. Everyone who has been a victim of Domestic Violence will be included in this policy A. Domestic Violence includes but not limited to physical acts that result in injury, mental abuse, sexual abuse, neglect by an individual for control purpose. B. Statistics and myths and why they are wrong
C. Who is abused?
D. Different types of abuse.
II. There are different ways that victims go through the abuse process. Domestic Violence3
A. Seek help and Counseling
B. Fight back
C. Help other victims
III. Other consequences are impacted by this violence
IV. The policy is committed to protect and support victims of domestic violence A. Identify the victim
B. Refer them to counseling, shelter, or other services
V. Programs that a victim can be entitled to
B. Cash Assistance
VI. Harsh Penalties for Offenders
A. Longer sentences for 1st Time Offenders
B. Restitution to Victims
Domestic violence is a crime that is growing every year. I am very concerned about justice for anyone that is a victim of domestic violence by a loved one. My purpose is to statistics relative to the crimes against them, analyze the context in which the crime occurs, state how victims might contribute to the crimes against them, describe the impact of the crime on society, and list proposed victim assistance to back up my new victim policy. “Battering is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person with whom an intimate relationship is or has been shared through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Battering happens when one person believes that they are entitled to control another.” (Creative Communication Group 2009) There are several common myths and why they are wrong. Some people claim that there is not a problem with domestic violence in their community when in fact that a women is killed by a partner or former partner about once a week. (NCADV, 2005-2009) Domestic violence only happens to poor women and women of color; when in fact domestic violence happens in all kinds of families and relationships. People of every class culture, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, and sex can be victims of perpetrators of domestic violence. Some people deserve to be hit. First of all, no one deserves to be abused. The only person responsible for the abuse is the abuser. Physical violence even among family members is wrong and against the law. Some claim that they abuse because of alcohol, drug abuse, stress, and even mental illness. Alcohol, drug abuse, and stress do no cause domestic violence. They may go along with Domestic Violence5
the abuse, but it does not cause it. The abuser will use this excuse for their violence. Domestic violence happens because the abuser has chosen and learned to abuse. Mental illness is just often used as an excuse for domestic violence. Another myth is that they say domestic violence is a personal problem between husband and wife. This is wrong because domestic violence affects everyone. “About 1 in 3 American women have been abused physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their life.” (NCAVD, 205-2009) Also,...