As Nitu (2012) notes, many women who are in abusive relationships have a true fear of further violence if they leave, attempt to leave, or seek help in dealing with an abusive relationship. These fears transcend their fears for their own personal safety and move onto their fears of abuse to their children, if any are present. As a society, we have the right to ask that question. As of 2003, domestic violence was costing the United States over 8 billion dollars, with over 1 billion of that cost being for fatalities due to domestic violence situations (Nitu, 2012). Furthermore, the risk for children who are present in abusive relationships rise as well.
Violence Against Women in Intimate Relationships Domestic violence is a conscious behavior in which acts of violence and aggression are carried out by one person in a relationship to dominate the other. This violence consists of deliberate verbal, sexual, emotional, psychological, and physical abuse, along with social and economic deprivation. Statistics and studies show victims of domestic violence are mostly women and their children, but men are victims as well. Friends, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and even family members are capable of demonstrating domestic violence. This widespread practice negatively affects gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight individuals of all ages, cultures, and social backgrounds.
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Introduction Gender based violence is considered as a “universal phenomenon” as it crosses “regional, cultural, social and economic boundaries” (Dennis & Vigod, 2013). Furthermore, it was considered as a private matter, however, it has been criminalized in many countries as it causes harm both physical and psychological to the victim (Dennis & Vigod, 2013. This violence threatens the rights, dignity and equality of women especially in the home. While both men and women can be victims of intimate partner violence, women are four times likely than their male counterparts to experience spousal abuse (Dennis & Vigod, 2013. Furthermore, intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence women experience (Dennis & Vigod, 2013.
It has been proven that around 80 percent of victims of stalking know their stalkers personally. The largest targeted population of stalking is female, most often their stalker is either a past or a present intimate partner. Stalking by intimate partners has been proven to be more violent than stalking by non-intimate partners, because they have already had that close intimate connection with them. They feel like they were wrong for breaking the ties between them and they would like to have that connection with them again, so they are trying their hardest to be accepted by the past or present ... ... middle of paper ... ...ogan, T., & Cole, J. (2011).
(World Health Organization 2002). Domestic violence is a social problem because there are more than the victims who become affected when it occurs. For example, if there is child present in a relationship then they can become affected as well. It has been classified as the most common type of violence against women (World Health Organization, ... ... middle of paper ... ...lker, R. (2006).Police Attitudes toward Domestic Violence Offenders.Journal of InterpersonalViolence.Volume 21 Number 10 (pp1365-1374) Nayak, M, C Byrne, M Martin, and A G. Abraham. "Attitudes Toward Violence Against Women."
Often times, fear and isolation are particularly powerful in preventing women from leaving a violent relationship. Domestic violence is a common crime in America, especially amongst the female gender. Studies indicate that nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or intimately abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives (Commonwealth Fund Survey, 1998). Domestic Violence towards women is a problem in the United States that is usually over looked and almost always not noticed by Society today. Violence is defined by the Riverside Webster's Dictionary (p.755) as: 1.
Domestic Violence has drastically increased over the years. Violence in the home is a concern for most. The most affected victims rather it’s emotionally or physically are women. They fall into different categories: single, married, separated, or divorced. For years, people try to avoid this conversation.