Poverty And Domestic Abuse Case Study

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The Intersection of Poverty and Domestic Abuse The claim is often made that domestic violence affects individuals in all social classes. The claim is often made that domestic violence affects individuals in all social classes. This assertion has been critical in raising awareness about domestic violence by reminding the public that wealth does not protect against victimization. At the same time, the data about domestic abuse come from samples to which researchers have greatest access, such as individuals who use social services, and these individuals are more likely to have low incomes or be living in poverty. As the recession that began in December 2007 worsened throughout 2008 and into 2009, many families saw their financial status plummet.…show more content…
The patriarchal society has formed a system in which the men are generally stated as the head of the household, and “[s]omeone who already believes that violence is power, and that men have to be powerful, could very easily become more violent in response.” (Doyle) According to Dr. Susan Hanks, Director of the Family and Violence Institute in Alameda, California, “men batter because of internal psychological struggles. Usually, men who batter are seeking a sense of power and control over their partners or their own lives, or because they are tremendously dependent on the woman and are threatened by any moves on her part towards independence.” Abusive partners may perceive a loss of status and power and use violence or coercion to regain control. In one study, for example, researchers found that “women who received income from their male partners [have] a lower likelihood of being abused by these men. As the women 's income relative to that of their male partners increased, so did their likelihood of being abused” (Raj, 1999). Therefore, in exploring the relationship between employment and DV, the women 's employment status relative to the employment status of their male intimate partners plays a large role. Research indicates that men who experience unemployment are at greater risk of domestic violence perpetration. For example, Benson and Fox report that “among couples [where] the male partner was consistently employed, the DV rate was 4.7%; it increased to 7.5% for couples where the male partner experienced one period of unemployment, and rose to 12.3% for couples where the male partner experienced two or more periods of unemployment.” Thus, the research on employment and DV indicates that cultural norms of masculinity that prescribe male dominance in intimate relationships and families may affect the employment to DV

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