Domestic Violence Case Study

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Domestic violence has always been a tough and compromising issue. The effects of it are never minor and should not be taken upon lightly. However, it is surprising to think that it was only until the mid 1980’s that domestic violence cases were beginning to be taken upon with some actual care and resources. Through these articles, it will be easier to understand the effects of children in domestic abusive families, how women feel about confronting the problem and the methods they choose to attain them and finally what underrepresented demographics act like in these situations. In article one, Meyer (2010) brings up the issue about women being victimised by their spouse, mentally and physically, how it affects the victim and what factors contribute to whether or not they seek informal or formal help. A strength of this article is that it highlights many different pathways a woman could take when dealing with intimate partner violence. It was stated that informal ways are always the go-to strategy due to the person feeling victimised and will generally be in need of support from family, friends or other colleagues. This could potentially lead to help-seeking from formal sources if the victim is encouraged and guided down that path by their loved ones. Immediately, the victim feels comfortable with the people closest to them and their support and encouragement to go to a formal authority will only push them to make that choice, making the case “real” because the law will not be a part of it. Meyer (2010) states that law enforcements, counsellors, crisis accommodations and financial support services are a few of many formal sources women could go to to consult with someone about their situation. These institutions are effective beca... ... middle of paper ... ... distress or violence within the home, whereas Ursel in article two spoke about how domestic violence came to be a part of our criminal justice system and gave an explanation as to how and why this came to be appreciated. The differences between these articles are clearly defined by how the issue is presented, but nonetheless they are all intercept and are important in understanding the current system and situation. The articles have given a great depth into domestic and family violence in their own unique ways, but the fundamental negative is that the effect of children has only been touched on lightly and there are far too many demographics that are still underrepresented and scared to come forward. It is clear that informal options are the best way to begin and hopefully going to formal authorities will result in the end of domestic violence for the individual.

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