Research Proposal- Alcohol Abuse Leads to Domestic Violence

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Determining whether Alcohol abuse leads to Domestic Violence

Abstract

This study seeks to analyze and examine the effects that alcohol abuse may have on domestic violence cases. The main goal of this study is to determine whether or not alcohol or alcohol abuse really has an affect on people and if it causes domestic violence or not. This study will be helpful in many ways and instances and it will help those who are still wondering whether or not these to completely different social problems have any relation.

Introduction
The area of study is domestic violence and the affect that alcohol abuse may have on the issue. Domestic violence happens in all cultures, people of all races, ethnicities and religions. It occurs and perpetrated by, on and both women and men, occurring not only in the opposite-sex but also in the same-sex relationship (Wikipedia, 2006). But what is domestic violence? How does it occur? Wikipedia (2006) defines domestic violence as a physical, sexual, economic or psychological abuse directed towards one's spouse, partner or other family member within the household.

On one hand, the CAFCASS uses domestic violence to refer to a range of violent and abusive behavior in its Domestic Violence Policy. Accordingly, it states that the domestic violence is "patterns of behavior characterized by the misuse of power and control by one person over another who are or have been in an intimate relationship. The significance of this study is that it can occur in mixed gender relationships and same gender relationships and has profound consequences for the lives of children, individuals, families and communities. It may be physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological. The latter may include intimidation, harassment and damage to property, threats and financial abuse." (As cited in Wikipedia, 2006)

Moreover, it is define as an abusive behavior, emotional, psychological, physical or sexual, that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other. Similarly, it takes many different forms including the behavior such as threats, name-calling, withholding money, preventing contact with family or friends, sexual assault and actual or threatened physical harm. (As cited in Wikipedia, 2006)

The purpose of this study is to find the main ground of domestic violence. There are many different theories as to the grounds of domestic violence. However, no one approach appears to cover all cases as with many phenomena regarding human experience. On one hand, statistics suggest that the increasing numbers of domestic violence are being fueled by alcohol use of the abusive partner. According to Dr. David Smith (2007) in his speech at the annual conference of Physicians for a Violence Free Society, "50 percent of all domestic violence which ends in death correlates with alcohols and/or drug use at the time of the assault, with alcohol and methamphetamines being the primary drugs of abuse".

My hypothesis is that domestic violence and substance abuse such as alcohol seem to go hand in hand. Conversely, we all know that thousands of people drink but never commits acts of violence to a stranger and most especially to their loved one. So, how are these two very distinct and different problems connected if a direct-cause or one-to-one relationship between domestic violence and alcohol abuse does not exist. Therefore, the question is whether alcohol abuse really leads to domestic violence. (Smith, 2007)

Literature Review
Despite a lack of information to support that alcoholism causes domestic violence, such belief is a notion widely held both in and outside of the substance abuse field (Straus & Gelles, 1990). Likewise, there is little evidence to suggest a clear pattern that relates the drinking to the abusive behavior even for batterers who do drink. There is also no evidence to suggest that alcohol use or dependence is linked to the other forms of powerful behaviors that are...
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