These ideologies help convey various differences in public opinions towards domestic violence, and how much blame should be placed on the victims themselves. Through proper research in this area, many criminal justice agencies and lawmakers can develop and implement various policies and laws, which will aim not only to protect the victims, but also to lower re-victimization levels, as well as providing adequate education, punishment, and counselling for those who are the perpetrators of this nasty crime. Description/Explanation of the Topic/Issue The question many ask of victims of domestic violence is why they stay in abusive relationships (Nitu, 2012). Leaving an abusive relationship is, most of the times, easier said than done. 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.
Why victims stay in a violent relationship? The National Coalition against Domestic Violence summarizes several barriers to escaping a violent relationship. And now, I will list some of these barriers, and absolutely not limited to these. Firstly, the victim feeling that relationship is a mix of good times, love and hope along with the manipulation, intimidation and fear. Some of the abuser will say sorry after abusing, and most of victims are kind, so they will forgive the abuser, which makes the domestic violence happen over and over again.
Domestic violence takes such a large number in percentages regarding violent crimes, yet often is dismissed by many with the idea that 'this won't happen to me'. Somehow, somewhere, domestic violence will touch everyone whether by someone they know or by televised publication. Though domestic violence affects men as well, the female subject is more often the victim. Domestic violence has a continuous cycle that has been influenced since birth and can be stopped with intervention but each victim's reason for staying will vary. Researchers are still trying to understand domestic violence, what causes it and how far back psychologically does it go.
Circle of Peace is a restorative justice program designed to deal with the trauma and violence of domestic violence (Mills, Barocas, & Ariel, 2013). This program focuses on meeting needs of both victim and abuser. To meet the needs of victim and abuser, Circle of Peace attempts to go beyond criminal punishment. To do this, Circle of Peace mediates restorative justice between the victim and abuser. The program also works with judges by educating them on alternatives to criminal punishment, such as helping abuser come to terms with exerting power and control over victims.
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Domestic Violence has numerous names such as Felony Spousal Assault, Spousal Abuse, and Home Violence (Strnad). To distinguish the different types of Domestic Violence, the elements are key in to determining whether it is a Felony or Misdemeanor Domestic Violence. The elements help authorities determine the severity of the crime and who is responsible. The elements of Domestic Violence vary depending on the severity of the crime and who or what parties are injured or involved. Parties are interviewed by authorities to connect both stories to determine who is at fault.
Sexual violence is acts of abuse in which sex is a method used to humiliate, hurt, degrade, and dominate women and sometimes men. Emotional abuse is when someone attacks a person verbally and it affects their self-esteem maybe even causing a person to become depressed. Economic abuse is when a couple has one partner in total control over the money. The abuser may be to the point where he or she does not want their partner to even have a job because they feel they are not in control. Now that you know the different types of abuse we will discuss the factors contributing to domestic violence Alcohol as a Factor of Domestic Violence In discussing this topic it is very personal to me.
What is cut out of people’s everyday life? Frank Furedi in his book “Culture of Fear,” discusses many issues that are facing our society today. One of the issues he has written about is interpersonal relationships, at one point in the book Furedi writes “...people pollute-not just the environment but each other”(38). When one takes a more thoughtful approach to life, one may find there are many examples to the idea of strained relationships between people in our society, for instance divorce. It has become part of everyday life, that divorce is very real.
According to Tracey Bennett (1991) It is best to receive help from a therapist other than friends and family because of their bias opinions. Leaving a relationship is never an easy task because all of your hard work and dedication will be thrown down the drain, and another reason why is because most are afraid of starting over with someone new. In conclusion, I gathered in my research that most women that are being abused generally stay with their abuser because of economic needs as a result of having limited resources such as educational, financial and employment. Many people are blind to the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue impacting women relationships. I think part of the reason why they hold on to something so tight is because we fear something so great won’t happen twice.
In many cases, women blame... ... middle of paper ... ... could have been so shocking and scarring that victims can suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Victims of domestic violence can also find themselves going through periods where they separate themselves from family and friends and fall into depression. Although these effects are severe, victims can seek treatment from domestic violence groups and shelters. As we can come to conclude, the issue of domestic violence has quickly become common among many relationships throughout the United States. The characteristics of domestic violence can vary in different relationships, however, despite the inappropriate actions, they all have the same intent, which is to some how inflict harm on another person.