Alfred Bandura's Social Learning Theory Of Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is defined, according to the U.S Department of Justice, as a pattern of abusive behaviors, that is used to gain power and control over an intimate partner. It can be either physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic actions or threats towards another partner (www.justice.gov). Violence against women is still a very discussed issue, regardless of all the improvements since the early 1900’s. Domestic violence was silent from the 1900’s to the 1970’s, it was perceived that familial abuse rarely happened. No one deserves to live in constant fear or be beaten for the smallest misconduct. Life should be about helping others become better people, not hurting others. Domestic Violence affects the victim physically, emotionally and psychologically. A 15-year-old girl from the river valley; Swat Valley,…show more content…
The cycle of violence functions by learning behavior only when the observer is paying attention, retaining the image of the action and reproducing it, and imitating the action. A person becomes an abuser when they are influenced into acting out in violence. On the other hand, Martin Seligman’s theory of learned helplessness (Sigal pg.25) explained the psychological paralysis a victim experienced. Experiments on dogs were conducted to see the effects of those who could and could not control the shocks they were given. According to the theory, depression occurred when the victim accepted the fact that they were helpless when they could not escape something painful (“Real World Psychology” pg.349). Once a victim is constantly beaten, they will begin to show signs of helplessness, where they believe there is no way to escape the abuse or receive help. Henceforth learned helplessness causes depression by the victim’s lack of effort to take care of their health and

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