Domestic Violence, A Federal Crime

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An Unseen Crime A crime that affects between one and four million women in the U.S yearly is domestic violence. This crime, which many do not know is a federal crime, responsible for about thirty percent of female murders (Asher, Elba, Sugg 1). According to the American Bar Association (ABA), 90-95% of domestic violence victims are women (2) and “ 70% of intimate homicides are female” (2) intimate murder, as opposed to murder by a stranger. Women today need to understand what domestic violence is and need to educate themselves that domestic violence is a serious crime. Domestic violence towards women is the most common form of violence throughout the United States. It affects a woman’s lifespan from health-related problems such as sex selective abortion of female fetuses, forced suicide, and abuse, and is obvious, to a certain extent in the general public. Like any other topic, domestic has its history. In the md-1800s, the majority of legal systems allowed wife beating because they felt as if it was a valid excuse for a man to have authority over his wife. It wasn’t until 1850, Tennessee outlawed wife beating. This was one step towards where we are today in prevention and awareness to domestic violence. After Tennessee outlawed wife beating it became a trend and all of the other states followed. By the end of the 1870s, courts in the U.S. started opposing husbands physically discipline their wives. Then in the early twentieth century, it became common for authority to get involved in cases in domestic violence in the U.S. Domestic violence has a long history, but in our modern day society it is defined as the “physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, or financial abuse between present or former intimate partners” (“Domestic... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited American Bar Association (ABA). “American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.” 10/27/2003. Arbetman, P. Lee, McMahon, T. Edward, Edward L. O’Brien. Street Law: A Course in Practical Law. 5th Edition. West Publishing Company, 1994. Asher, Janice, Elba I. Crespo, Nancy K. Sugg. “ Detection and treatment of domestic violence.” Contemporary OB/GYN. Sept, 2001. “Domestic Violence.” Harding and Associates Trial Lawyers. Jaobson, Neil S. Why Do Men Batter Women. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998. Print. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. San Diego City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit. Yang, Melady. Telephone interview. 11/30/2013
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