Domestic Violence In America

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Domestic violence is not just fighting, hitting or an occasional argument. It’s a chronic abuse of power. The abuser of domestic violence, controls and tortures the victim of threats, intimidation, and physical violence. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of violence in America. The abusers are not only men, women can be abusers as well. Women make up the vast majority of domestic violence. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), 90-95% of domestic violence victims are females and 70% of intimidating homicides are females. Domestic violence is a serious crime and everyone needs to be aware of its effects. This essay presents and explains the evidence supporting the major risk factors for intimate partner homicides. According …show more content…

Different couples may experience domestic violence, it can occur between married or unmarried couples, couples who are rich, couples who are poor, those who may live together or separately, between heterosexual or same sex couples. Furthermore, being sexually active in a relationship is not required for domestic violence by intimate partners to occur. Race and ethnicity play a significant role in intimate partner homicide. Overall, African Americans were victimized by intimate partners at considerably higher rates than any other race. According to Callie and Sarah, African American females experience intimate violence at a rate 35% higher than white females, and 2 ½ times the rate of women of other races. African American males experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 62% higher than white males. (2000). Often Hispanic, and African American women live in areas where there is a high level of violence. Various factors are associated with the increase risk of intimate partner homicide, which include: poverty, low educational level, partner unemployment, and young

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