Oppression is not a new phenomenon and it is defined in the social work dictionary as a social act of placing severe restrictions on individual, group, or institution. Typically a government or political organization in power places restrictions formally or covertly oppressed groups so they may be exploited and less able to compete with other social groups. The oppressed individual or group is devalued, exploited, and deprived of privileges by the individual or group who has more power (Barker, 2003).
Therefore, domestic violence is a form of oppression and control usually perpetrated against women and/or children and is defined by the social work dictionary as abuse of children, older people, spouses, and others in the home usually by another member of the family or other residents. The social problem in which one's property health or life are endangered or on as a result of the intentional behavior of another family member (Barker, 2003).
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, there are more than 960,000 annual cases of domestic violence in the United States, 85% of the domestic violence victims are women, and women are eight times more likely than men to be a victim of assault by an intimate partner conservatively estimate that at least 11% of women in the United States are involved in abusive intimate relationships.
The preponderance of the evidence suggests that the experience of domestic violence varies greatly depending on demographic characteristics. For instance, higher rates of domestic violence are more likely to be experienced by Black women, women ages 16 to 24, women with children under the age of 12, and women living in lower income households.
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Kapadia, M., Saleem, S., & Karim, M. S. (2010). The hidden figure: sexual intimate partner violence among Pakistani women. European Journal Of Public Health, 20(2), 164-168. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckp110
United Nations Development Fund (2009) Ending Violence against Women, A new volume of case studies explores what works. Available from: http://www.unfpa.org/public/News/pid/1967. Accessed on April 2014
United Nation (1993) Declaration on the elimination of violence against women: proceedings from the United Nation world conference on Human Rights G.A. res. 48/104, 48 GAOR Supp.(No. 49) at 217, Doc. A/48/49.https://www.unfpa.org/swp/2005/english/notes/page3.htm Accessed on April 2014
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