The Problem of Domestic Violence

Topics: Abuse, Child abuse, Physical abuse Pages: 5 (1946 words) Published: October 8, 1999
The Problem of Domestic Violence

A problem has become known and to many, they feel that it's about time that the general public has taken notice. This problem has been a taboo for centuries and in the mid nineties it has chosen to let itself be known, the problem that I am talking about is domestic violence, it has ruined families, and demoralized the victims for years and now because of the "trial of the century" we finally are allowed to discuss it in detail, without fear of reprisal, now we get to familiarize ourselves with it and eventually after we get to know all about it we can, through treatment, get rid of it. In this paper, I will discuss problems with the so called epidemic of domestic violence.

This entire paper will be about domestic violence, and because of that I feel it is important to note that "in most families men and women do not engage in physically abusive behavior" (The Brown U.), but because the media feels that it is their public duty to deceive us into believing that this problem is an "epidemic" (Domestic V.) we feel that, that is the case. Webster's dictionary defines epidemic as "a rapid spreading of a disease; to many people at the same time", this is not the case with domestic violence, one it didn't just happen overnight, it has just been popularized overnight, domestic violence has been going on from as far back as anyone can remember and probably farther than that, and two, this is not affecting many people at the same timem, because, as I've stated before, "in most families men and women do not engage in physically abusive behavior". If you as the reader gets anything out of this paper, it is important to me as the writer, that you find that, while domestic violence is a major problem for some families, it is by no means an epidemic.

The major reason domestic violence has become so widespread over the last couple of years is because of the O. J. Simpson trial, as one person put it "the O. J. Simpson case would do for domestic violence what Anita Hill did for sexual harassment" (Domestic V.). The trial of the century brought a much needed attention to a issue that for too long was pushed to the back burner; domestic violence was a major issue in the case and it became evident, through the mass publicity of the case, that women weren't crying wolf all these years, because of "the murder of Nicole Brown ... the media would focus squarely on and engage in an unprecedented and lengthy dialogue about the issue of domestic violence" (Domestic V.), it seems to always take something tragic for us to listen, but from this particular tragedy allot of good has come out of it and we can take heart in the fact that Nicole Brown did not die in vain.

Why do men abuse in the first place? That question has allot more than one answer to it and among them are "he might be under stress, he was beaten as a child, he lost his job ..." (Domestic V. for B.), the possibilities are endless, women or the abused has always look at these reasons as excuses for the abusers to justify their doings, but sometimes men, or the abusers, have a legitimate case in the reasons why they batter, some, not all, but some men cannot help it, like the alcoholic who cannot stop drinking or the compulsive gambler who can't stop gambling, an abuser hits because something clicked inside of him when he was younger and now he can't stop. The reasons why someone might find it appeasing to hit someone else is, he might of been raised in an abusive household, maybe the abuser was abused, physically, or made to feel inferior by someone else and now he is taking it out on the person who he feel he can beat, his significannot

other. After all is said and done we must remember that the ultimate choice to become an abuser was made by the person himself, but like the alcoholic and the compulsive gambler with "intensive" treatment they can be helped to control their problem.

It's weird and even sad that with "over 4 million...
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