Examine the patterns and reasons for domestic violence in society.
Domestic Violence can be physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. It involves controlling behaviour from partners, ex-partners, household members & other relatives. Statistics show that domestic violence is mainly against women and 1 in 4 women are assaulted. Domestic violence accounts for 1 in 6 of all violent crimes. Domestic violence tents to run in a generational cycle of abuse and/or a history of abuse in families. Children who grow up in an environment where control is maintained through verbal threats, intimidation and conflicts can escalate into physical violence. Children who have grown up in this environment are more likely to resort to the same methods of abuse as adults. There are a number ...view middle of the document...
She says that the marriage is a patriarchal institution due to the norms of marriage- In the vows a woman says she will 'honour and obey' her husband. Millet states that domestic violence is inevitable in a patriarchal society as it keeps men powerful. She also says that the police are reluctant to deal with domestic violence because a great majority of the police force are men.
However, there are many other views that disagree with Millet. Elliot rejects the claim that all men benefit from domestic violence. Not all men are aggressive. Most oppose to domestic violence. Mirless-Black says that men are also assaulted by women. He found that 1/7 men suffer from domestic violence and 1/20 repeatedly so. Men are less likely to ring the police because they don't want to appear 'soft' or ‘weak’.
Domestic violence is often linked to low and poor self-esteem. A child growing up in a violent home is likely to have very little self-worth. Children who grow up in there conditions tend to develop problems in later life. Their frustration and isolation may grow containing a hidden anger due to their feelings of helplessness. Anger is a major influence that leads to the cycle repeating and for the child who grew up around violence to use it themselves.
Drug and/or alcohol abuse may be a factor surrounding domestic violence. Substance abuse leads to out-of-control behaviour and also leads to poor emotional health within families. This can lead to secondary anger, which is an ineffective substitute for dealing honestly with emotions.
Domestic violence is more frequent where individuals experience loss of physical health and/or control/power. In a house hold with ‘money issues’ domestic violence is more likely seen. The frustration and stress of ‘being broke’ increases conflict in the home. This causes anger causing violence to erupt.