A Sociological Analysis of Domestic Violence

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Jacob Jessen 0022745496 A Sociological Analysis of Domestic Violence Domestic violence can be defined as an act of abusive behavior against women, children, or men. It is most common for women to be the abused individuals in relationships and will be the focus of this analysis. Domestic violence is a very serious social problem that needs more attention in order to find a solution. The film, Defending Our Lives , can be analyzed using the symbolic interactionism theory to explain the violent behavior of batterers and its effect on society. Many members of society don’t understand why women leave abusive relationships. This is an extremely hard task for most women and can be explained by the battered wife syndrome. This condition is beginning to gain recognition in court cases and serve as an understandable reason for battered women to lash out and possibly murder their abuser. Domestic violence is a form of deviant behavior that is not viewed as acceptable behavior in society. This abuse mainly exerted by men is a way to control women in relationships. It is believed that at least twenty-eight percent of couples experience violence in their relationships at some time (Umberson et al. 1992:442). The violence may take form in physical abuse or the use of dangerous threats. This abuse can leave the victim in a state of emotional confusion and distress. Experiencing physical or emotional assaults from a family member reduces a victim’s personal control (Umberson et al. 1992:443). Loss of personal control in battered women contributes to feelings of worthlessness. In addition, women feel as if they are trapped in the abusive relationship and lack the ability to escape. Women victimized by domestic violence may suffer from depression, substance abuse, and a loss of self-esteem (Umberson et al. 1992:444). These negative effects can result in suicide as the only answer for some individuals.
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Jacob Jessen 0022745496 Several things may cause this violent behavior that some individuals use to gain authority over others. A violent family of origin results in an individual who uses violence towards others and sees his actions as normal. It is common for batterers to come from a background involving parental abuse and rejection (Holtzworth-Munroe 2000:141). Children take after their significant others and will imitate their parents when growing up. If children observe domestic violence in the house, then they may view this act as normal. These children will grow up to be aggressive and become very likely to commit acts of violence when in a relationship. They have difficulty forming a stable, trusting relationship with a partner (Holtzworth-Munroe 2000:141). Other characteristics of becoming a male batterer include substance abuse, aggressiveness, low education, and low income. All of these characteristics relate to high levels of stress in individuals. Men who experience this stress may not want to deal with their wives’ opinions or behavior. This can cause conflicts and arguments that arise between couples.
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