DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: WHAT NEED TO BE CHANGED
The statistics are shocking. Everyday women are being beaten, terrorized and murdered at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and ex-husbands, “At least one woman is battered every 15 seconds” (FBI). To make matters worse, batterers often seek and gain custody of their children, even though the batterers often abuse their children as well as women. Our society has come a long way in understanding abuse and in addition the legal system has also improved its attitudes toward violence against women, but we still have a very long way to go. The United States Surgeon General reports that domestic violence is the greatest single cause of injury among U.S. women, accounting for more emergency room visits than auto accidents, mugging and rape combined (Shupe). According to, The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, 95% of all documented domestic assault crimes are committed by men against women; in 1996 there were 15,000 calls to law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County for domestic violence response (FBI). It is very difficult to know the exact number of victims of domestic violence, especially sexual assault and other incidents committed by the intimate offenders, due to the many occurrences not reported to the police. There are many factors that victims consider in their decision not to report it to the police, but the greatest reason is the fear that threats to kill you or your family will become reality. Other reasons include embarrassment, shame and hopes that his promises to change will come true this time. There is an assumption in our society that there is a clear relationship between anger and physical violent behavior. However, anger is a human emotion and studies have shown that physical violence or abuse is a learnt behavior and the perpetrator is more often than not, going to repeat this behavior. All human beings experience anger at one time or another. People get angry with their...
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