28 April 2015
Effects of Domestic Violence on Female Victims
Domestic violence is a serious social issue, yet often overlooked by society due to insufficient knowledge and misconceptions. It has prevailed for years, and current interventions have not succeeded in eliminating it. One of the biggest myths is that: “Domestic violence is not common,” while in reality, the number of domestic violence incidents annually ranges from 960,000 to 3 million (Collins et al 169.) According to Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, it is believed to be the most common, but least reported in the United States (It Shouldn’t Hurt 6.) In order to fully analyze domestic violence, the term first has to be clearly defined as there are several different names and interpretations of “domestic violence.” The most useful definition determined by the author of this research paper was developed by the Oregon Domestic Violence Council: “Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to control and subordinate another in an intimate relationship. These behaviors include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse. Tactics of coercion, terrorism, degradation, exploitation, and violence are used to engender fear in the victim in order to enforce compliance.” (McCue 3)
Domestic violence can cut across class, age, religion, ethnic groups, genders and sexualities; anyone could be a victim of domestic violence. However, this research paper mostly discusses female survivors since they are consistently the majority of the group worldwide (85%) and most supported sources contain statistics and data about this particular category of survivors (It Shouldn’t Hurt 8.) In the Unit...
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...mestic violence tremendously affects victims’ physical and mental health. A majority of female domestic violence faces financial problems and sometimes are forced to stay with their abusers due to economic dependence. Domestic violence also negatively affects victims’ perspective of life and judgement of other people. In order to provide protections for the victims, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the Violence Against Women Act were passed by the federal government. Moreover, national and local nonprofit organizations across the country were created as the result of this social issue. Hood College partners, the One Love Foundation and the Heartly House, are the epitome of community response to domestic violence. Several programs and events have been brought to campus to promote awareness and educate the community about the gravity of this issue.
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