Domestic Violence in America


Domestic violence has been around for as long as many cultures can remember, however, that's not an excuse for its continuance. Although some see women and children as mere property, their rights and safety should be protected. Whether they suffer from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, thankfully there are an increasing number of programs for these victims to turn to. These programs work hard to take the steps necessary for America to become a domestic violence-free society.

Domestic Violence in America

Although domestic violence is often thought of in terms of physical violence or even sexual violence, it goes beyond that, beyond the cuts, the bruises, the scrapes, ...

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loved ones, for centuries in many cultures. Contemporary cultures today, which are immersed in ancient traditions, often find the tradition of domestic violence still prevalent in their society.
According to Wendy Mass, dowry issues are often a catalyst for domestic violence in these societies.

Some wives pay with their lives by having kerosene poured on them and ignited. The Indian government reports that between 1990 and 1996, over twenty thousand brides have been killed over dowry disputes and researchers believe this is a very low estimate. In fact, in greater Bombay, 25 percent of the girls who die between the age of fifteen and twenty-four are killed in this manner. (as cited in "History", n.d.)

This is regretfully reflected in other cultures as well. In Syria, one of the most popular television shows features husbands often beating their wives. And, "in India, eight out of ten wives are reportedly victims of domestic battery or dowry-related abuse." (as cited ...

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reported victims of rape and/or sexual assault. In fact, women are five to eight times more likely to be victimized by an intimate partner than men, there are no racial boundaries to this figure, and women are much more likely to be injured when attacked by men, than vice versa. (As cited in "Get the Facts", 2003)
Tragically, the violence often escalates to homicide when a woman stays in an abusive relationship and there is no intervention. Statistics show that current or past intimate partners murder nearly three women every day. Over 1,200 women were murdered in 2000 by their current or previous spouse or significant other. These accounted for more than a third of all murders of ...

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