Domestic Violence Epidemic 2
Introduction and Statement of Purpose
Domestic violence is a serious, widespread social welfare problem in Minnesota
today. In this paper, I will be describing the problem of domestic violence in adult
relationships and services that are available for victims in Minnesota. There are many
misconceptions about domestic violence. Firstly, the problem is more widespread than
people think and can affect virtually anyone. The abuser can also, be anyone. Domestic
abuse is not just about physical violence, it is about having power and control in a
relationship. Lastly, people frequently think that the only service available for abused
women and their children are shelters. However, other services include community
advocacy programs, culturally specific programs, criminal justice intervention programs
and shelter programs. We need some serious priority checks in our government and in
our society in order to stop domestic violence.
Explanation of the Problem
In a typical domestic violence situation, the man of the house or relationship is the
abuser and the women and children who live with or close to him, are being abused.
When most people think about domestic abuse, they think of physical violence. In fact,
domestic violence can come in forms of “emotional abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse,
using children, threats, using mail privilege, intimidation, isolation, and a variety of other
behaviors used to maintain fear, intimidation and power” (Louisiana Coalition Against
Domestic Violence) Domestic violence is not just about the physical abuse and violence,
it is about psychological control and power in a relationship.