Project 1 SOCY 100
Date: 20 April 2009
The office of domestic violence against women defines domestic violence as pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence does not just affect the immediate victim but is a widespread problem in the United States. Eighthly five percent of domestic violence victims are women (Domestic Violence Facts, 2007). Results of violence can be health care professionals in the treatment of physical injuries, the psychological impact upon the victim, or the aggressive behavior of the abuser. In this project I will analyze the feminist perspective of domestic violence, considering that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Violence against women by their spouses is a life-threatening situation that is not taken seriously by the legal system or by society in general. It often takes a negative turn for counteractive action to be taken and stricter laws to be made. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating (About Domestic Violence, 2009). The effect of domestic violence on the economy is great when billions of dollars are being lost to loss of productivity and the cost of medical care.
Characterizing Domestic Violence
There are many types of domestic violence are used such as hitting, pushing and slapping and in more serious cases there knives guns and weapons are used. Other forms of domestic violence are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse and psychological abuse. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year (Domestic Violence Facts, 2007). Statistics show that women have a higher chance of becoming a victim of domestic violence. The Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported (Violence Against Women in the United States Statistics, 2009). Society views domestic violence as women who are disadvantaged and lower-class women but that is far from the truth. Working class and professional women are victims of domestic violence, also.
Currently, domestic violence is widespread through-out the world, and most cases the violence is not reported to the police. Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police (Domestic Violence Facts, 2007). From a young age society teaches women to be submissive to their husband and that women must need a man who can guide, protect and provide for them. This has been taught though out history and contributes to the cycle of violence. Most women feel that they have to stay in their abusive relationship for reasons such as lack of education, loneliness, having no money or fear. Many times women just adjust to the life of domestic violence. The women are told by the abuser that it is their fault and with an already low self-esteem they soak in the abuse and punishment. With abuse and guilt in their lives it is no wonder that these women have deep psychological issues such as depression and trust.
Although battered women are not always submissive and accept the abuse they are receiving. Many women find means leaving the relationship and protecting their children. Many women try seek help within the justice system and but many times it cannot guarantee protection for the women. Approximately one-half of...