Domestic Violence is destroying families, devastating relationships, and dismantling communities in nations all over the world. The United Nations International Children’s Fund performed national surveys in 2000, and revealed percentages of countries across the globe with individuals who’ve been assaulted in any way by an intimate partner. They concluded that Barbados holds 30% of individuals being affected by Domestic Violence, Canada 29%, Egypt 34%, New Zealand 35%, Switzerland 21%, and the United States having 25% of its citizens being affected by Domestic Violence (37). Many individuals around the world have fallen victim to the hands of Domestic Violence. As a result, people are frequently being left with battered bodies and broken souls.
Domestic Violence, or intimate-partner abuse, causes pain and suffering for individuals everywhere in today’s society. According to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), domestic violence can be described as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and coercive control over another intimate partner (1-2). Domestic Violence can be issued in many different ways. These include physical aggression, covert abuse, mental and emotional abuse, intimidation, sexual abuse, and economic deprivation (Damn Violence 2). It is impossible to state exactly where intimate-partner abuse originated from, but it is projected to have been incorporated in marriages during 753 BC, when men were allowed to beat their women (Minnis 7). Since then, spousal abuse has infiltrated many homes around the globe. As a result, domestic violence, according to Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, has “blazed catastrophically in these current times, always destroying some aspect of the family” (9). Furthermore, domestic violence is known to affect more women than men. Melanie Griffin, past Minister of Social Services and Community Development for the PLP in 2002, concluded that 50% of the nation’s murder rate was caused by domestic violence against women (Rolle 15). In addition, during the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women or “Convention of Belem Do Para” in 2007, she noted that 85% of domestic violence complaints were made to police by women in The Bahamas, and that women are being beaten every eighteen seconds by the man she loves the most in the United States of America (4). Therefore, it is of the highest priority that Bahamian women become educated about intimate-partner abuse. Women in the Bahamas need to understand the physical, clinical, and psychological effects of being involved in an abusive relationship.
Almost every aspect of a female’s life is at risk when suffering from the effects of intimate-partner abuse. The physical effects of domestic violence are concerned with the female’s body, inclusive of physical injuries and deaths. This is the most common effect, in that no female walks out of an abusive relationship whole. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washington, D. C, abused women accumulate 4,000,000 injuries every year. It also discovered that forty-two percent of murdered women are killed by their intimate male partners (1). Even in the Bahamas, violence against a female by a male in a relationship results in the female’s blood being shed. For example, Tiffany-Smith Laroda was brutally stabbed and murdered by her husband in the nation’s capital in 2008. In response to this, Assistant Superintendent Elaine Sands revealed that out of the 74 murders recorded from 2008, forty-five percent were domestic-related (King A3). Sadly, these numbers are not encouraging, but are proving that The Bahamas is losing many of their women to the hands of abusive men.
A female’s health is also at risk when involved in domestic violence. Women who experience abuse by their male partners are...