DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND IT’S EFFECTS ON THE AMERICAN FAMILY
Family Violence in the United States is a growing concern in every family now a day. The paper takes a look at family violence and the psychological problems faced by the victims. Furthermore the paper examines the contrast which exists between gender role indifference and accepted violent behaviors. In addition, using an ecological stand point external factors within the victim’s environment will be looked into. The leading factor, which brings about serious health and psychological problems for all individuals involved in such an environment is family violence. Research have shown and proven that damaging acts inflicted by perpetuators upon their victims have long damaging effects on their victim’s self-esteem. There are several reasons, which bring about family violence and which Social Welfare Services in the United States need to examine. This includes understanding the nature of unemployment, poverty and standard of living.
Domestic Violence is a growing concern within most families and this social problem has been on the minds of several societal bodies, the media not excluded. Across the world, thousands of families are being pledge with the devastating effects of violence, which occurs within their families. Some researchers state, violence occurs because of the role women play in their families, which this is still imminent nowadays. The woman’s role in the family is seen as being of a lesser value and lesser significance, thus bringing about this power struggle between husband and wife. In regards to domestic violence, the victims each year, are mostly women and children who are subjected to psychological, physical, sexual and emotional abuse by someone they know. Some of them survive this form of torture, others cannot with stand the gravity of pain their perpetuator, is inflicting on them, meanwhile others are permanently traumatized by the unfolding of events in their lives. Those children, who live in unfortunate conditions like, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and unemployment, are products of domestic abuse families. In this instance Professional Counselors and therapists, need to use different assessment techniques in solving these issues. So it is of uttermost importance that, when Professional Counselors are working with dysfunctional families, each family member’s success rest on the Counselor, the agency and , the community. According to Perry, B.D., in his article, “Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopment Factors in the Cycle of Violence”, he states not only the family is being affected by violence, but the detrimental effects is felt by everyone (Perry, 1997, p. 1). Furthermore, Perry states in every culture Violence is an ongoing phenomena and in reference to the most violent places amongst the industrialized nations, Rudo, a researcher states that the United States stands out as an unsafe environment, to reside in.Violence in any form always has been a natural occurrence of any culture. Of all Western industrialized nations, the United States is viewed as one of the most violent place to live in (Rudo & Powell, 1996, p. 1). Redo’s assumptions is being backed up by Reno, J., in his article “Breaking the cycle of violence: recommendation to improve the criminal justice response to child victims and witnesses”. Where he state that women and children each year are faced with physical assault, neglect, rape and adduction, by someone they know and trust. (Reno, Holder, Fisher, Robinson, Brennan & Turman, 1999, p. 6) According to Reno’s article, 4.1million cases of family violence were reported and were under criminal investigation and the victims in most of these cases were children, because of their size, dependency and age (Reno, Holder, Fisher, Robinson, Brennan & Turman, 1999, p. 6). Once more according to...
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