SOC 344 - Fighting Families The Horror of Domestic Violence...

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Fighting Families: The Horror of Domestic Violence Luis Sfeir-Younis (with the help of Dallan F. Flake) SOC 344: Marriage & Families
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“The family, with the exception of the military in times of war and the police, is society’s most violent institution.” Richard Gelles, Intimate Violence: The Causes and Consequences of Abuse in the American Family , p. 35.
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Key Questions 1. Why study family violence? 1. What counts as family violence? 1. Who are the perpetrators and victims? 1. Why do they do it? 1. Why it persists over time? 1. Role of Social Institutions? Culture?
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Why study family violence? Family violence is a widespread phenomenon affecting millions worldwide. Family violence imposes tremendous social and economic costs. Differences in male/female victimization rates reflect broader sex-based inequalities. Family violence is self-perpetuating.
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What counts as family violence? Physical : throwing objects, pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, kicking, biting, hitting, beating, choking, threatening with or using a knife/gun, depravation, and neglect. Emotional : scorn, criticism, ridicule, neglect, name calling, and threats. Sexual : rape, incest, and molestation.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOa0BInxtMs&feature=related
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Who are the victims?
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Who are the perpetrators?
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MARITAL VIOLENCE
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MYTHS ABOUT FAMILY VIOLENCE Richard Gelles 1. FV is an Inevitable aspect of Family 1. FV is confined to Mentally disturbed or Sick People 1. FV is Confined to the lower classes 1. Social Factors are Irrelevant in FV 1. Abused Children will become Adult Abusers 1. Battered Wives like being hit 1. Alcohol and Drug Abuse are real causes of FV 1. Violence and Love do not Coexist in Families
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Marital and Intimate Partner Violence 20% of women and 3% of men said they had been physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date at some time in their lifetime according to one national survey. 85% of attacks by intimate partners are against women. Men are more likely than women to engage in repeated violence against their partners. Women are more likely to sustain serious physical injuries. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable. Most victims of intimate homicide are killed by their spouse, followed by their boyfriend/girlfriend.
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Battered-Woman Syndrome Learned helplessness The woman becomes depressed, loses her self-esteem, feels incapable of seeking help or escaping. Negative self-concept and low self- esteem Batterers convince their partners that they are worthless. Belief that the abuser will change Women may hope they can “rehabilitate” the man. : is a condition that describes a woman who has  experience many years of physical abuse and  who feels incapable of leaving. 
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Economic hardship and homelessness Women may see no way to survive if they leave. Need for child support
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course SOC 344 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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