Domestic violence describes a situation where one person in a relationship is using violence to control and dominate another person. Domestic violence victims and their batterers cut across all socioeconomic, demographic, and professional lines. It is an epidemic that is emphasized particularly with the female gender. While physical assault is often times the most common form of abuse, it is important to acknowledge that other forms of abuse are just as detrimental. Often times, fear and isolation are particularly powerful in preventing women from leaving a violent relationship.
Since the olden day’s gender roles have been established for men and women that proliferate todays thinking about the powerful entitled man and the submissive punishable woman. This mindset is the very reason why incidents of sexual assault are continuous with the responsibility of the crime falling on the victims. The conservative way of thinking has influenced the very crucial aspect of our society the interactions among genders. It has polluted our belief system allowing unfair and unscrupulous acts of violence against women and placed domineering roles upon women by men. According to Jill Filipovic, author of “Offensive Feminism: The Conservative Gender Norms that Perpetuated Rape Culture, and How Feminist Can Fight Back”, the effects of coverture is still present today wreaking havoc on women’s rights and their bodily integrity.
Domestic abuse in the United States is a large-scale and complex social and health problem. The home is the most violent setting in America today (Lay, 1994). Sadly enough, the majority of people who are murdered are not likely killed by a stranger during a hold-up or similar crime but are killed by someone they know. Not surprisingly, the Center for Disease Control and prevention has identified interpersonal violence as a major public health problem (Velson-Friedrich, 1994). Current estimates suggest that three to four million women are the victims of physical abuse by their intimate partners (Harris & Cook, 1994).
Many people misunderstand the meaning of violence against women. Human rights for women are violated due to the sexual, verbal, and physical abuse these victims tend to encounter (Women Health Organization,2013). Most cases that are reported with this concern are typically domestic violence within a relationship with an intimate partner (Women Health Organization,2013). The abuse is commonly known to be physical and sexual in these situations. This occurs when an overpowering and controlling partner feels the need to bring harm to the other.
Introduction In modern society, women have had to face multiple oppressions from society. A major part of their oppression was violence. Violence against women consist of many types, such as physical, mental, emotional or cultural, amongst others. These different types of violences cause many different difficulties within women, making it a main issue amongst modern women. However, physical violence is one of the most detrimental because it does not only affect the person being physically harmed, but also the young minds who witness it, specifically girls.
The reason for the frequency of sexual assault on campuses is due to these social influences in our ever-changing society. Patriarchy, sexism, and gender socialization are the underlying societal influences that prevent the safety of women on college campuses throughout the United States. In the 19th century, men claimed the right to use physical discipline against their wives. These included beatings, physical assaults, and sexual assaults. There was no accurate measure of rape and sexual assault between husbands and wives partly because women were “supposed” to please their man, regardless of their opinion or objection.
Someone we know at this moment could be facing such a problem and we need to know how to help. Fighting violence against women requires challenging the way that gender roles and power relations are expressed in societies. In many countries women have a low status. They are considered as inferior and many men believe that they are superior to them and even have a right to own them. Changing people’s attitudes and approach towards women will take a long time, at least a generation and perhaps longer.
The stereotypical feminist is a bra burning, hairy, metrosexual lesbian, who believes men should only be used from breeding until we find a way to do it without them. However, this is simply a use of stereotyping that generalizes all women and makes it difficult for real conversation to occur. Whenever a generalization is presented as a truth then the individuality of all women is jeopardized. This is particularly the case, even today when the issue of rape is mentioned. Often the legal system of the United States make it difficult on the victim and in some cased place the blame on them for an unwanted sexual attack, to the point that the trauma of the trial is worse than the attack itself.
The book titled Domestic Violence, published by the Opposing Viewpoints website, shows a number of articles where people discuss viewpoints. Some of these range from the belief that domestic violence is a serious to the belief that domestic violence is not a problem at all, and should not be treated as such (Haugen). This could be due to a number of factors, such as personal experience or biased opinion. Some people believe that domestic violence against women is bound to happen or cannot be avoided due to the belief that all women are naturally passive and all men are naturally aggressive. Others believe that women that are victims of domestic violence “have it coming” if they nag or provoke their partners.
Introduction Sexual abuse of women has become a trend in most civil wars. Rape is one of the most dangerous weapons today being used in civil wars against women. Some of the countries that have used genocidal rape as a weapon of war are Sierra Leone, Liberia and former Yugoslavia. The emotional hurt from sexual abuse leaves a deeper scar, strips away the dignity and identity of women. Genocidal rape was first recognized as weapon of war in 1992 in the former Yugoslavia and later in Rwanda because of the alarming number of women who were raped.