Domestic violence

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Introduction

Domestic violence is any forceful or uncalled for behavior used by one partner in a relationship to control the other. Behavior that results in the emotional, physical or psychological torment of the receiving party falls under the category of domestic violence. In domestic violence, the legal facts are that any physical or sexual abuse is a criminal charge but emotional abuse is not actionable in law. In my opinion, domestic violence is wrong as it goes against the human rights where every individual has a right to freedom. I strongly believe that every form of domestic violence should be actionable in law, as it denies the other party their freedom as they lack a way to channel their opinions or forces them to live in a manner full of fear. Domestic violence represses an individual’s ability to have a say in anything hence hindering an individual’s ability to live freely.

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One of the reasons I support punishment by law of domestic violence perpetrators is that, they have no respect for the law as it clearly states the most fundamental right of any human being is that of personal freedom. Therefore, I believe that though punishing the wrong doer does not correct the wrong, it will provide some form of comfort for those whom domestic violence was perpetrated against, as they will feel safer knowing that their oppressor is locked up, hence, not in a position to cause them any more harm. On top of facing punishment, I strongly feel that the perpetrators should receive psychological counseling. This is because they lack the ability to make a proper judgment. Someone with the ability to judge between right and wrong is not capable of intentionally committing an action to another that would cause harm to them.

Yet another reason as to why I believe lawful punishment is in order is due to the emotional impact that domestic violence has on those affected. Through the numerous conducted researches, it is a fact that more than half the children, who grow up in abusive homes, end up being abusive partners or have demonstrable emotional problems in their life. Therefore, I feel that with the permanent emotional damage that domestic abuse has, the punishment should be heavy as the damage on the receptors life is sometimes permanent. In my opinion, more can be done to stop this vice, especially since most of the victims are of the female gender. One alarming fact about domestic violence is that, 63% of all boys charged with committing murder in their teenage years, are those who have killed their fathers who abused their mother. The emotional turmoil faced by the children in abusive families is, therefore, quite evident. With such disturbing facts, I strongly feel that greater preventive measures should be undertaken to prevent the occurrence of domestic violence, like providing counseling to children who have witnessed an abusive marriage.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I emphasize on the importance of prevention rather than punishment. However, where that is not fully possible, I encourage the use of counseling, as domestic abuse is a psychological problem. I believe that safety measures should be reinforced in neighborhoods in order to identify domestic violence at an early stage and intervene before the situation gets out of hand.

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Domestic violence is the psychological, emotional, bodily, or sexual abuse committed against a person by their spouse or by a parent to a child. This behavior is used to control, and subordinate the victims. The abuser will use fright, guiltiness, humiliation and terror to wear down their victims. Domestic violence happens among homo and heterosexual partners, spouses of all ages and cultural backgrounds. It is perceived that women are the most victimized in relationships. It is essential to note that men are abused verbally, emotionally and sometimes physically. Domestic violence is not acceptable regardless of one’s gender or age; human life should be preserved and respected.

Signs of domestic violence include display of low self-esteem by victims because they feel powerless against their abusers. Victims of physical abuse have body injuries, about which they offer complicated stories. They will not always give the real story unless they are talking to people they trust. Severe battery causes absenteeism from work and school by the victims. This absence could sometime be a sign that something is wrong. Batterers like accusing their victims of unfaithfulness in front of their friends. Usually this tactic makes the batterer appear like the victim. Outgoing people who suddenly become introverts especially around their partners shows that they are experiencing domestic violence. They develop this sudden change of personality because they are afraid of their partners. People who are constantly taking the blame for things they did not do are probably being abused at home. Children who come from violent homes tend to develop bullying or sensitive traits.

Most cases of domestic violence are caused by learning. Abusers grew up in homes where they experienced domestic violence. There are certain communities that condone domestic violence hence promoting it. Pornographic materials depict women as sex objects. This deprives them of their deserved respect among their partners. Children learn that men are aggressive through their computer games. Domestic violence continues to thrive because there are no legal consequences for it as many victims are afraid to report to the relevant authorities. Certain religions encourage domestic violence because they instruct wives to be submissive to their husbands. It is said that alcohol and drugs may be contribute to domestic violence, as drunken people cannot control their violent impulses. Stress, depression and provocation also cause domestic violence.

Domestic violence affects its victims as well as the abusers. Battered victims suffer bodily and psychosomatic problems because of domestic violence. Some of the physical injuries cause health complications as the victims get older. Victims lose their jobs because of frequent absenteeism. They also lose their friends and family members out of fear. Some are neglected by their churches because some religions prohibit divorce. Children whose parents experienced domestic violence develop similar traits growing up.

Domestic violence is an issue that continues to affect the society. Victims of domestic violence can seek help by reporting the violent behavior. Different states have help lines for victims of domestic violence and counselors willing to talk to them. They should press charges against their abusers to the relevant authorities in the area. Courts are willing to provide restraining orders against abusers if their victims file for protection orders. They should try to document any abusive event against them so that it can be used as evidence in court. Victims should seek professional help from support groups and psychologists to help them heal from domestic violence.

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One in four women and one in seven men are victims of physical violence by intimate partners. About 81% of women who have experienced physical violence from their intimate partners suffer short term and long-term effects, which include post traumatic stress disorder. Twelve million Americans, both men and women, have suffered sexual violence from their intimate partners (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). These statistics are a reflection of the seriousness of incidences of domestic violence in the country. These statistics might not be a true representation of domestic violence in America, since some people prefer not to report incidences of domestic violence. Nolan observes that many people in rural America will hide information concerning domestic violence from the agencies and other organizations. They prefer finding their own solutions to the problems they are facing (Nolan 10). Some people also prefer hiding domestic violence incidences from the authorities out of fear.

Most of the domestic violence cases happen between intimate partners although some cases affect children and elders directly. Incidences of domestic violence occur between intimate partners, who are either living together, or are separated and divorced. It can happen between heterosexual and homosexual partners. Domestic abuse happens when one of the partners tries to control the other through intimidation, instilling fear, and threats. Both men and women are victims of domestic violence, although women make up the most victims.

The abuser uses different means to attack his or her partner, and this includes physical injury as well as verbal abuse. Other forms of domestic abuse include sexual abuse and stalking. Domestic violence happens when a person abuses his or her partner physically. It includes kicking and pushing, biting, punching, beating, hitting, chocking, shaking, burning, confinement, slapping, throwing, bruising, and battering of ones spouse. All these actions lead to the victim suffering physical injuries. In some cases, this violence has resulted to homicide. Victims of domestic violence suffer other problems other than the physical injuries they have. Such problems include depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, low self-esteem and other mental and psychological problems (Benedictis, Jaffe and Segal).

People result to domestic violence because of many reasons. The home environment that the abuser was brought up in is a contributing factor. Children who were brought up violent homes will tend to continue with the cycle when they start their own families. People who were brought up in such a home environment see it as the norm, and it can be hard for them to break the cycle. Other contributing factors include drug and substance abuse. Factors such as stress, anger, depression, jealousy, and economic hardships also contribute to domestic violence. In some cases, spouses provoke each other, and this can lead to incidences of domestic violence (Benedictis, Jaffe and Segal).

Dealing with domestic violence not only concerns the immediate partners, but it also concerns the society. The way the society handles incidences of domestic violence can determine the prevalence of such incidences. Domestic violence will be rampant if the society does not take it seriously. The criminal justice system including the courts, the police and other law enforcers are instrumental in stopping incidences of domestic violence. Treating domestic violence as crimes will ensure that the abuser gets a harsher punishment than treating the incidents as domestic disputes.

Works Cited:

Benedictis, Tina, Jaelline Jaffe and Jeanne Segal. Domestic Violence and Abuse: Types, Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Effects. 2012. Web. October 4 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. 2010. Web. October 4 2012

Nolan, Molly. “Violence and Violence Prevention in Rural America.” Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care 5.2 (2005): 6-10

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