Examine the Patterns of, and Reasons for Domestic Violence in Society

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What are the patterns and reasons for domestic violence in society? Firstly the government defines domestic violence as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. (physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sex”. However in society women have been perceived as the property of men. Until the end of the 18th century it was legal to beat wives and this was called lawful correction. The usual pattern for domestic violence is based on gender and almost always men against women for example it has been proven that there were 6.6 million incidents of domestic physical assault in 1995. It’s been proven that 50% of all adult women experience incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. But saying this, the conviction rate for rape is only 5.5%. Overall young women aged 20-24 report the highest levels of violence. Up to 120 women are killed by their partners each year an example of this is that Paul Dalton killed his wife, cut her body up with an electric saw and stored pieces in the freezer. In contrast only around ten men were killed by there female partners between December 2003 and December 2004. In violence against wives (1980) Dobash and Dobash reported that the majority of women in their study were attacked twice a week in their own homes. The factors that seem most likely to cause a violent incident are sexual jealousy, money and their partner’s expectations of the women’s housework or homemaking skills. There are reasons why women are more likely to be victims. Kathryn Coleman (2007) found that women were more likely than men to have experienced intimate violence across all four types of abuse- partner abuse, family abuse, and sexual assault and stalking. This was confirmed by Russell and Rebecca Dobash’s (1997) research in Scotland, based on

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