Living with Domestic Violence

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Name Surname: Mehmet Tamer Özdil

Instructor’s Name: Nilgün Eker

ING 102 CRN 30052

Date: July 19, 2011

Living With Domestic Violence Domestic Violence is an epidemic in societies with dramatic, negative effects on

individual, families and communities. It has many different names such as family violence,

battering, wife beating, and domestic abuse. All these terms refer to same thing , abuse by

marital, common law or dating partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence is not

limited to physical beating. It is any behaviour that is intended to the use of humiliation, fear

and physical or verbal assault. There are many reasons of domestic violence such as poverty,

hardship and unemployement. But whatever the reasons are domestic violence has important

effects on children, women and future families.

First of all, domestic violence directly affect on children with most important

effects.Children who witness regular acts of violence have greater emotional and

behavioural problems than the other children. Even very young children can be completely

frightened and affected. Some of the current effects may include nightmares, anxiety,

withdrawal and bedwetting. According to Clara Harlow’s studies (in the article “This Day

Forward” , 2000) boys who live with family violence have extremely dangerous attitude such

as aggressive and disruptive. The same studies indicate that girls exposed to family violence

aim to withdraw and girls not exposed have more active behaviour than the others (2000).

Secondly, family violence has many negative effects on women. One of these effects is

psychological. Battered women experience increased levels of deppression, lower self-esteem

and higher levels of psychological distress when compared with nonbattered women. The

most severe effects of deppression is suicide attempts. As Flitcroft and Stark stated. Twenty-

six percent of women taken hospitals because of suicide attempts had appareantly been ill-

treated (1999). The women who are beaten by their partners have also social and physical

problems such as loss of opportunity, isolation from society especially family friends, loss of

income or work and it has long term impact on financial security and career. They may have

poor health and physical injury.If they are pregnant, they may miscarry or the baby may be

stillborn. As a result of this problems, women probably became drug or alcohol addicts.

Finally, the continuity of violence at home makes domestic violence a part of future

families. In a family , children typically follow their parents because they want to learn what

life is and when they became adult, they usually behave in the same way their parents did.

Children growing up seeing violence, have a great risk of troubled relationships in the years

ahead. The possibility of experiencing violence and abuse in relationships which will be

established in the future is higher than the children not exposed to family violence.

Researches show that many of fathers in families which fell apart had domestic violence when

they are child. It can be understood from this statical, domestic violence repeatedly happen in

future families.

In conclusion, domestic violence may be the biggest problem in today’s world. Economic

conditions and unemployement are two of the reasons of domestic violence, but it has many

negative effects which is more important then the reasons on children , women and future

families. Violence cannot be stopped completely but it is possible to decrease the rate of

domestic violence in many ways. People should be educated about family violence. This can

be most effectiveby educating young people to help them understand that violence is never an

acceptable behaviour. Communities should be...
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