These ideologies help convey various differences in public opinions towards domestic violence, and how much blame should be placed on the victims themselves. Through proper research in this area, many criminal justice agencies and lawmakers can develop and implement various policies and laws, which will aim not only to protect the victims, but also to lower re-victimization levels, as well as providing adequate education, punishment, and counselling for those who are the perpetrators of this nasty crime. Description/Explanation of the Topic/Issue The question many ask of victims of domestic violence is why they stay in abusive relationships (Nitu, 2012). Leaving an abusive relationship is, most of the times, easier said than done. As Nitu (2012) notes, many women who are in abusive relationships have a true fear of further violence if they leave, attempt to leave, or seek help in dealing with an abusive relationship.
Since women often appeared trapped by violence, researchers surveyed women, who were in an abusive relationship at one time, to figure out why they remained with their partners. They found that the women currently involved in an abusive relationship viewed their partner positively, while women who had left the relationship tended to see the negative effects. Although they were abused, the women still in the relationship also received affection from the man. Thus, these women appear to use coping strategies to mask the abuse inflicted and convince themselves to remain in the harmful situation. Stereotypes and myths exist that accuse abused women of perpetuating their own victimization.
As Villanos explains “ this many influence Latina immigrants ability to understand violent relationships as unfair and unacceptable” (170). If a women saw domestic violence at her own home between her mother and father while she was growing up, she may believe that it is acceptable and that it does not mean that her partner does not love her. Women who experience domestic violence usually have low self esteems which prevents them from seeking help. As this book and my experience at the Woman 's Building taught me, the fight to end gender violence has only yet
Verbal abuse can also greatly affect women in a violent way (Women Health Organization,2013). Verbal abuse of belittling, name calling, insults, and overall critical statement can have a long term effect. Even after the physical bruises have healed, mental scars can still impact them many years following. Lastly, stalking can even be a form of abuse (Women Health Organization,2013). Constant calling, unwanted visits, and harassment in ge... ... middle of paper ... ...cate people on what it really means, the impact this issue has emotionally, physically, and mentally on women, and the advantage and disadvantages of Violence Against Women Act that was developed to positively influence the woman population.
Women in these areas might not have the social support such as women’s shelters to go to in these abusive relationships, leaving these women with the idea that homicide is the only option (Diem & Pizarro, 2010). It is seen that these women can also lack support from friends or family as well, whether they live in socially disadvantaged areas or not (Diem & Pizarro, 2010). In these cases the women have a hard time leaving their abusive relationship. When these cases are in court, social factors that aid in leaving the situation have typically undermined a defendant’s case. However, if more can be done to show how these women lacked these social structures both inside and outside the courtroom, there could be continued improvement both for their case and how society views these
Social abuse is when a partner stops the other from socializing with the people around them, which may include their family, friends and ... ... middle of paper ... ...r of the word “Domestic Violence” I think about all of the women’s that have been through so much. For fear that, it could have been my mother or even my sister. Domestic violence is something that we as people need to try and eliminate. Just like most problems, this can be controlled. Relationships are strongest when the two partners are working together to make each other happy.
Women who have witnessed domestic abuse may turn out to be too passive in their relationships with men, which can shape their mental state and affect other aspects of their lives such as careers. If women grew up where their mothers, or other women figures, were physically abused, they may have percepted them as weak or fearful of men. Women can grow to adapt to this persona being that it was what they associated women in their lives with. Women who have this mindset will allow men to do whatever they please to them. Whether these men decide to hit, disrespect, or degrade them in any other way, these women would allow it because that is what they are use to.
Intimate partner abuse is almost always accompanied by serious psychological abuse and in one quarter to one half of cases is also accompanied by forced sex. Most women that are abused numerous times often become terrified of their partners. Many are scared to speak to someone about the abuse due to the fear that the abuse will get worse if reported (www.infoforhealth.org). In some countries, women are discriminated against by laws that do not protect from violence in the home. Police and persecutors sometimes refuse to help women abused in the home because of the false assumption that these women bring on the abuse themselves.
A woman who is in love will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with the person they love, which makes it even harder for her to leave when there is abuse involved. Sometimes it is very hard for a woman to recognize the abuse because they are so in love with their partner. It’s very important to recognize the patterns of abuse and domestic violence. All women should take the signs of abuse very seriously. When women start seeing these signs of abuse they need to leave or call for help and not stay with the abuser.
If you look at today’s society there are vast amounts of abusive relationships. Many probably wonder why some they “love” would initiate the idea of inflicting pain on them. However many women do not get out of these relationships because they probably are missing pieces that they desire for their lives provided by the abuser. The power of fear could play a part as well, especially when you don’t want the violence to trickle down to your children. An example of intimate partner violence is provided by the film “Enough” starring Jennifer Lopez as the character Slim.