Christine Van Pelt
Amanda – 12:30-1:50 Thursday
Domestic Violence of Women
Statement: Domestic violence of women is a tragedy that has physical and psychological effects
on them and is partially caused by being a witness of it in the past.
Introduction: Imagine a 40 year old mom. She goes to the grocery store, to church, and takes care
of her kids. She has a great life, right? It is nighttime, and she is brushing her teeth. Her stressed
out husband gets home from work. She hears the laundry door slam. He walks into the bathroom
and hits her repeatedly asking why she did not pick up his dry cleaning. She sees her little boy
walk into the room and cover his eyes. She starts crying and wonders why this has to happen to
her. This domestic violence of women is a tragedy that has physical and psychological effects on
them and is partially caused by an ongoing cycle of abuse.
To address the problem, we must define and understand it.
Domestic violence of a woman is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship
that is used by the husband to get power over his wife (Spence).
It can occur in any ethnic family and has profound consequences for the
lives of children, individuals, families and communities (Spence).
It may be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or economical (Spence).
Physical abuse involves contact that is intended to cause feelings of intimidation,
pain, or injury (Winegar).
It includes hitting, pushing slapping, punching, choking, and other contact
that result in injury to the victim (Winegar).
It can also include things such as not letting the victim have medical care,
sleep, or food, or forcing them to take drugs or alcohol when they don’t
want to (Winegar).
Emotional or verbal abuse is when there is humiliation of the victim publicly or
privately, controlling of the victim, isolating the victim, blackmailing the victim,
threatening, or using words to abuse the victim (Winegar).