DomViol - Lauren Woeste SOC 100 Kyama Kabadaki November 27,...

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Lauren Woeste SOC 100 Kyama Kabadaki November 27, 2007 Domestic Violence “He would hit us with almost anything. His favorite beating tool was electrical cords. He’d use cords from lamps, the toaster, and the iron. He’d hold the lamp in his hand and whip us with the cord. I would have marks on my arm from the prongs of the plug that looked like snake bite wounds.” (Anonymous Female). Each year over 4 million women report being abused (US Department of Justice, 1998). Are we doing enough to deal with the problem of domestic violence, or is it exaggerated? Domestic violence occurs in all segments of our society regardless of religion, race, class, sexual orientation, or educational level. The exact numbers of reported domestic violence cases varies greatly, the statistics range from 188,000 to a whopping 60 million reports of abused women per year. These estimates are based on what the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence “hears” from various shelter programs. The higher estimates are adjusted for under reporting. More focus is put on women as victims of abuse because they are affected the most (Nelson, 2004). The difference in numbers is determined by the definition used by whoever is collecting the data. The definition of abuse varies between agencies and groups. Some define domestic violence as one person in an intimate relationship who uses sexual, physical, and emotional abuse to gain power and maintain control over the person (Iverson, 1998). Other people include the raising of your voice in an argument, one person being in control over making important decisions in the relationship, and throwing objects (not distinguishing between
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a hammer and a pillow) as well as battering in the definition of domestic violence. Why do women stay in these violent domestic relationships? Most abusive relationships begin like any other relationship with love. Many batterers are often very charming and popular men who keep their terrorizing, controlling behaviors within the family behind closed doors. Battered women are in committed relationships and have often times built their lives around the relationship. They hope for change. Their abuser will acknowledge the error of his ways; he’ll break down, cry out the despair, and concede the need for dramatic change by promising never to abuse again; hope is often
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