Running head: Unit 5 Project
Unit 5 Midterm Essay
CJ 102-03: Criminology 1
Professor: Ellen Smith Chupik
August 31, 2012
A recent policy was implemented by Jackson Tennessee’s Police Department, and Family Service’s dealing with the problem of child endangerment. Any household that has any documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offense committed by the parents, guardian, grandparent, or babysitter, the child/children will be placed in the care of the state or foster care services, until it is proven that the offender has undergone any or all of the following, and has been offense free for a period of no less than six-months. The offender can choose from one of the following alcohol and/or drug treatment, counseling, family therapy sessions, mental health treatment, anger management, or parenting classes. The Police Department and Family Services believe that the social learning theory is providing support for this approach. A son who sees his father hit on his mother and belittle her, will have a greater chance of growing up and treating his spouse and or girlfriend like this or even worse possibly killing her. If a daughter sees her father hitting and belittling her mother all the time, chances are she will grow up believing that, that is how she is supposed to be treated. This again is a great example of the social theory. It has been said that children learn what they live and chances are if a child is raised in a home where there is domestic violence then they will grow up to be the abuser and or the victim of abuse. Emotional abuse is just as bad as physical abuse the only difference is bruises go away and words once spoken don’t, words stay with a person forever. There is no reason for domestic abuse of any type, and if there is it should not go unreported. Family services will not allow a child and or children to be raised in a drug environment,...
References: Siegel, L. J. Criminology the core. Fourth edition, Belmont, Wadsworth C
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