Domestic Violence and Abuse can be defined as threatening behavior or controlling behavior and violence of those over the age of 16 whom have been or who are an intimate partner or family member. The abuse can consist of: psychological, emotional, sexual, financial and physical. (GOV.UK, 2013).
The main themes of this argument are the political and social attitudes of the subject and how the trends of Domestic Violence and Abuse persuade communities and individuals to feel about the matter; also how different locations and situations have an impact on how and why Domestic Violence and Abuse occurs. Why men feel they cannot report their cases of Domestic Violence and abuse to the police, how this crime type is measured and the historical and cultural relativity to Domestic Violence and abuse. Other themes will include the economy and the views of the Criminal Justice System.
Any change to definitions does not always mean that there will be a change in the law. Domestic Violence does not have a legal definition and is always changing. The definition changed in 2011”This follows on from the Government’s successful Teenage Relationship Abuse Campaign …which found that 16-19-year-olds were the group most likely to suffer abuse from a partner.” (GOV.UK, 2011)
“There is a Domestic Violence act which was introduced in 1976 which enables women obtain a court order against their violent partner or husband” (Domestic Violence 1970-1979, no date). Over the past few years the amount of women and men being prosecuted for Domestic Violence and abus...
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Review of Domestic Violence policies in England & Wales (2011) Available at: eprints.kingston.ac.uk/18868/1/Matczak-A-18868.pdf (Accessed 14 November 2013)
The impact of the economy on domestic violence (2010) Available at: http://nnedv.org/downloads/Stats/NNEDV_DVandEconomy.pdf (Accessed 11 November 2013)
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