Women as Victims of Crime

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Women as Victims of Crimes
Elisha M. Snead
Women in Crime
April.24, 2012

Gender violence is a prevalent problem worldwide, touching all aspects of women’s lives from the home to the workplace to the street. Efforts to understand the nature global extent of violence against women are recent activism and building on gender violence is in a period of fast development. In this paper I will discuss what violence against women is, signs of abuse, I will also discuss the increasing violence against women, the types of violence against women, laws on violence against women and getting help for violence.

What is violence against women one might ask? Webster’s dictionary defines violence as and exertion of physical force as to injure or abuse; an instance of violent treatments or procedure; turbulent or furious and often destructive action; injury by or as if by distortion, infringement or profanation. (According to Schuler, Margaret. Freedom from Violence. New York City. Helene Chan. 1991) A narrow view of violence may define it as an act of criminal use of physical force, violence also includes exploitation, discrimination, unequal economic and social structures, the creation of an atmosphere of terror, and other forms of religio-cul-tural and political violence. Margaret also states, while violence against women is part of general violence found in social structures such as class, religion and ethnicity, it also encompasses aspects of structural violence and forms of control and coercion exercised through hierarchal and patriarchal gender relationships in the family and society. Helen also states women specific violence functions to keep women where they are that is in the house and powerless, Lacking resources and emotionally dependent on their male counterparts.

It can be hard to know if you're being abused. Most women don’t see the signs of abuse because they have been living in abuse for so long. There are signs that your spouse may be abusive such as he might prevent or discourage you from seeing friends or family he may get angry after drinking alcohol. He may threaten to hurt you or the children; he may also say “if I can’t have you then no one will”. He may also hurt you by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting. May women might not see these as warning signs that the relationship is not healthy.

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy ones self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make one feel helpless and alone (Belknap 237). No one should have to endure this kind of pain. The first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

Violence against women has increased in recent years. Research on violence against women especially male partner violence has increased. Since 2005, when the first results of the World Health Organization (WHO) Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence ,the number of intimate partner violence prevalence studies increased from 80 to more than 300, in 2008. There is also a growing body of evidence about the range of negative health and development consequences of violence according to Annan, K. Remarks on International Women’s Day. In: Interagency videoconference for a World Free of Violence against Women, New York, 8 March 1999.

According to Schuler women’s organizations, social analysts and feminist activist showed concern over the results of the 1991 census. The data proved that women were being killed in large numbers. This data was collected in 1991 this was almost 20 years ago so one could image how the numbers have changed over 20 years. The National Crime Victimization Survey, based...
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