Family and Domestic Violence
July 16, 2013
Violence Across the Globe
Domestic violence and abuse can occur between anyone, regardless of race, sex, class or gender and is not limited to occurring just in the United States alone. It is now considered a global health concern, affecting an estimated one third of all women across the globe (Chelala, 2013). Domestic violence isn’t subjected to physical abuse alone; it may include intimate partner violence, child abuse/neglect, sexual abuse, elder abuse, and can take many other forms as well. The question is does every country around the world react differently to abuse?
According to Gosselin (2013), "Intimate partner violence refers to violence committed within an adult intimate relationship" (p.48). This violence is most often committed in order to obtain control over any part of the relationship whether it is finances, with whom the partner associates with, what the partner wears and more. Obtaining control over the relationship is just the beginning of a vicious cycle of abuse. In fact, an estimated four or five women are killed by their partner in the United States every day (Blumenthal, 2013). Despite how difficult it is due to safety risks in trying to leave an abusive relationship, in the United States protection and resources are offered to the victims of violent crimes that may not be offered in other countries.
In Mexico, the laws against domestic violence do not provide sufficient protection for women. This way of life is the exact opposite of that way of life for women living in the United States. The women in Mexico more often than not fail to report violent incidents to the Mexican police because those that do are disrespected and the police seem as if they're more suspicious than they are affectionate (Human Rights Watch, 2013, para. 16). With the lack of authorities acknowledging the seriousness of domestic violence in Mexico, Mexican women who are suffering from some kind of abuse at large are living in constant fear every day. Ruiz (2011) describes Mexico as: "Like a cancer, the problem has spread throughout the country: the National Institute of Statistics and Information reports that 67% of Mexican women will have experienced some incident of violence…" (para. 4).
The most industrialized country in the world is the same country with the highest number of child deaths due to child abuse: the United States. According to Radford (2011), "Twenty-seven children under the age of 15 die from physical abuse or neglect every week in America" (para. 5). Child abuse is defined as a parent or caretaker who fails to provide for a child, thus putting the child at risk of being harmed, which may or has resulted in injury or death. Child abuse can also include molestation, neglect, and maltreatment. In the United States legislation requires the states to include their minimum standards within the states definition of what child abuse consists of (Gosselin, 2013, p. 49). There are agencies such as Child protective service (CPS) that are given permission by law to intervene the parents/caretakers and provide help to the abused/neglected child. According to Gosselin (2013), "More than 40 percent of child fatalities were attributed to neglect" (p.101). Laws against child abuse vary from state to state; however, if a citizen fails to report suspected child abuse, it could result in being sentenced to jail time and fines.
Unlike the United States concern for children who are abused, children living in Afghanistan experience an extremely difficult world. In Southern Afghanistan, an old cultural practice called 'Boy Play' is widely-accepted. 'Boy Play' is defined as older men using young Afghan boys to fulfill their sexual urges. Pedophilia is accepted by many Afghans including a portion of the Muslim community. Women in Afghanistan are considered to be less-than human therefore the men of the Muslim community do not...