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
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...