This essay will include a definition of domestic violence, examples of physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as statistics and studies to support the extent of the problem of domestic violence. Characteristics of abusers and the history of domestic violence as well as how it is dealt with will also be included. Research suggests that 90% of domestic violence is perpetrated against women by men. Over the years however there has been growing concern about the plight of men who have been abused and it is clear that women also assault men and that violence also occurs in lesbian and gay relationships. Domestic violence is now understood to extend beyond physical violence and beyond the home.
Newton’s article “Domestic Violence: An Overview: The rates of domestic violence vary along several lines, including race, gender, economic and educational status and geographical location. Gender trends: Women make up 3/4 of the victims of homicide by an intimate partner. Actually, 33% of all women murdered (of course, only cases which are solved are included) are murdered by an intimate partner. Women make up about 85% of the victims of non-lethal domestic violence. In all, women are victims of intimate partner violence at a rate about 5 times that of males.
Analysis of existing structures implemented to support victims of domestic violence. The initial conceptualisation of family violence was developed in the study of battered children in 1960’s since then many victims have been identified globally. In France, 148 women death was caused due to domestic violence in 2012, in Europe domestic violence is the main cause of female death aged 17 years to 40 years. Domestic violence has been defined in numerous ways, however one simple definition of domestic violence would be that, ‘’Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviours used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
However, many sociologists would argue that this is a result from social causes A shocking pattern of domestic violence is that women are more often only targeted by domestic violence. Coleman found that women were more likely than men to have been a victim of ‘intimate violence’, this is across the 4 types of abuse; parent abuse, family abuse, sexual assault and stalking. Similarly, in Mirrless-black studies he found that nearly one in for women were assaulted by a partner, there was also cases of this being repeated; contrastingly, one in seven men have been a victim of domestic violence and one in twenty repeatedly. Also, Dobash and Dobash found that violent incidents were provoked by a man feeling his self-authority had been challenged in different circumstances. Putting this into real life terms, being late for a meal for instance.
“Runaway Love” In the world today, there are several social issues affecting mankind. One major issue that disturbs our society is child abuse. Over the years, this horrific crime has increased and a number of people are trying to speak up and stop abuse from occurring. One method in which this transpires is through music. A particular artist by the name of Ludacris decided that enough was enough and determined that he would take a stand against abuse in his song, “Runaway Love.” This song, performed by Ludacris and featuring Mary J. Blige, voices their concern about the issues of rape, physical violence, gun violence, and unwanted pregnancy.
ADDRESING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OF WOMEN IN INDIA INTRODUCTION Domestic violence, in particular marital violence, refers to any physical, psychological or sexual distress on women. We would expect one’s home to be the “safe” place, but instead for many women across the world it is the place of fear and terror where violence is inflicted by one of their own. As a result, the victims are unable to protect themselves or their innocent children and thus there are widespread intergenerational, socio demographic and poor health effects. World wide, physical violence by husbands against wives is estimated to range between 10% and 50% (Panda & Agarwal, 2005). The WHO, in a 2005 report, cited statistical data collected by several countries during a 1-year period.
There are some situations where women are the perpetrators of the abuse and men are the victims, but usually clinicians only see women seeking treatment for abuse. The US Department of Justice estimates that women are up to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner. Nurses play a very important role in identifying and treating the victims of intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence is summarily defined as an ongoing pattern of domination and control perpetrated against an intimate partner through a culmination of physical violence, sexual assault, and/or psychological abuse. The abuser’s ultimate goal is to establish control over their victims.
Youth violence results in and injuries has direct and indirect costs in excess of $158 billion each year. 2. The most recent thorough review of the research on media violence, by an expert panel convened the US Surgeon General concluded that,” research on violent television and film, video games, and music reveals unequivocal evidence that media violence increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior both in immediate and long-term contexts”. C. Period broken families create mayhem in a child’s life. *Source – www.womenandchildrenhousenetworkparentingand childhealthfamilybreakup.sa.gov.au.
Domestic violence in India is endemic and widespread predominantly against women.  Around 70% of women in India are victims to domestic violence according to Renuka Chowdhury junior minister for women and child development. National Crime Records Bureau reveal that a crime against a women is committed every three minutes, a women is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the victim.  Women are protected from Domestic abuse under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.  Domestic violence in India often happens as a result of dowry demands.
Therefore, culture and socialization can be major influences when it comes to domestic violence. The advancement in cultural abuse is growing larger in numbers and happening right in our community. While estimates are that approximately one and a half million American women experience a serious assault by their partner in a twelve month period, domestic violence among immigrant refugee women are more prevalent. (Yale Law Journal,102(6) 1401-1430) It is easy to understand the battered immigrant refugee women may encounter communication, cultural, legal, social and economic barriers. Cultural acceptance of abusive behavior, lack of usual familial, community support and social isolation may lead to tolerance of acceptance that battering is the norm.