According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2003-2012 domestic violence accounted for 21% of all violent crimes in the U.S. and of those crimes 76% of the victims were female and 75% of the victimizers were current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriend. This is an interesting topic to me because it is an issue that ...view middle of the document...
Depression, anxiety and suicidal behaviors experienced by them can lead to unemployment due to poor work performance and/or attendance. More importantly it can have very negative effects on the children they are raising, who witness the abuse and tend to exhibit behaviors such as aggression, academic issues, poor self-esteem, inadequate social development and drug use. Job loss and/or no income due to victimizer controlled isolation can lead to financial hardships and often reliance on government assistance programs. Too often abused women are underemployed due to an inability to further their education in order to attain higher paying jobs that would give them the financial power to escape the abuse which further perpetuates the situation. Homelessness is also an issue closely associated with domestic violence. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, roughly 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives.
More often than not, when women leave a home in which they are being abused, they are suddenly thrust into poverty and have nowhere to go with their children. Because there is a lack of housing that they can afford and long waiting lists for housing assistance programs, they are forced to choose between returning to the abusive household and living on the streets.
Research literature provides many sources that deal with the issue of domestic violence, below are summaries of 5 of them. The first is “Parenting in Battered Women: The Effects of Domestic violence on Women and Their Children” (Levendosky and Graham-Bermann, 2001), in which the authors discuss the psychological and harmful effects of domestic violence on women and children. It notes the traumatization and distress that women face many times lead to a complex form of trauma similar to PTSD (post traumatic syndrome disorder) that includes additional symptoms due to chronic abuse as well as changes in character. These violent acts also cause children to have higher incidences of social and emotional issues.
The second is “Domestic Violence in the Lives of Women Receiving Welfare” (Tolman and Rosen, 2001) in which is discussed the prevalence of domestic violence against women in an urban Michigan county and its association with mental, physical and economic health. This article explores the adverse effects that domestic violence has on those 3 areas of life, which includes increased rates of psychiatric disorders and health problems.
In the third article, “The Link Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: Assessment and Treatment Considerations” (McKay, 1994) brings light to the connection between spousal abuse and child abuse. She advises that these issues have been viewed as separate issues when they should not have been and offers some recommendations for changes in assessment procedure, treatment planning and implementation.
The fourth is a book written by E. Peck titled Domestic Tyranny: The Making of Social Policy Against Family...