Hit You One It's His Fault, Hit You Twice It's Yours Essay

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Running Head: HIT YOU ONCE IT’S HIS FAULT Hit you once, it’s his fault; Hit you twice, it’s yours: The prevalence of domestic violence in the United States and why blaming the victim is not the answer Sean Cassidy Blakestone College Sociology 101 Regina Johnson Abstract Many women are battered each day, yet domestic violence cases often go unreported. This is due not only to the fear of violence, but to the attitudes of society aimed towards domestic violence. Through prejudices, stereotypes, and the place of blame on the victim’s shoulders, society has managed to convince many women that they are to blame for their situations. When finally fed up, most women find a lack of necessary support to leave their situations forcing them back into a vicious cycle of abuse. During the course of this introduction, a woman will be battered. Research shows that today, four women will be murdered by their male partner. Tomorrow, there will be four more. According to further research, an average of at least fifteen hundred women is murdered annually by current or former male partners (Berry, 1995). These statements are made even worse by the fact that they are only estimates. Many cases of domestic violence go unreported each day, with the victims too terrified to rely on a flawed system for protection. On the rare occasion that the abused feels empowered enough to report their hardships, they are often met with discrimination and shame, as well as a lack of appropriate resources to stop the abuse. Society most often tends to justify abuse by placing blame to the victim which empowers the abusers and further suppresses the abused. Domestic violence victims are a subculture in and of themselves, while their abusers serve as a counterculture to the rest of society. Many of the norms held by the rest of society are viewed differently and often violated in these

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