Domestic Violence in Society

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Examine the patterns of reasons for domestic violence in society (24)

Domestic violence can be summarised by ‘The Woman’s Aid Federation (2008)’ as a ‘physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that occurs within an intimate of family relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. it may involve , partners, household member or other family members or relatives’. Domestic violence is referred to as the ‘darker side’ of the family. Another view however is that the behaviour of a few disturbed or ‘sick’ individuals, and that its causes are psychological rather than social. Many sociologists however believe many other factors are to be taken into consideration when identifying the main causes of domestic violence in the family.

The British crime survey of 2007 came up with results that state domestic violence accounts for almost a sixth of all violent crime. Catriona Mirrlees black’s 1999 survey of 16,000 people estimates roughly that there are 6.6 million domestic assaults each year. Approximately half of which involve physical injury. These results may be an inaccurate representation of the rates of domestic violence as many women may victims may not have come forward to tell their story for privacy reasons or due to fear of peoples reactions or they may be embarrassed. This means that most likely these results should be higher but because of the intimate issues domestic violence triggers, many victims will not come forth. It is a controversial issue.

Another perspective is that domestic violence does not occur randomly but is the result of society’s members following social patterns and the aftermath of these patterns. One of these patterns is that it is mainly men who are domestically violent towards a woman. Kathryn Coleman et al (2007) established that women were more likely to have experienced violent acts towards them committed by a man than a man to have had violent acts towards them...
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