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Examine the patterns of, and reasons for, domestic violence in society

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Examine the patterns of, and reasons for, domestic violence in society (24marks) The Women's Aid federation defines domestic violence as the 'physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within a family type or an intimate relationship, and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. It may involve partners ex-partners holds hold members or other relatives'. A common view of domestic violence is that it is the behaviour of a few disturbed or 'sick' individuals. However sociologist challenge the view of domestic violence as it is far too widespread to be simply the work of a few disturbed individuals. Domestic violence accounts for about a sixth of all violent crime and that ere are on average 6.6 million domestic assaults a year which of half involving physical injury. Domestic Violence follows certain social patterns and these patterns have social causes. Most shocking of these patterns is that it is mainly violence by men against women. Domestic violence is caused by patriarchal power of extremes upon a woman. This is shown in the household work, how women do more cooking and washing up, more housework, and more washing and ironing when compared to men. ...read more.


They argue that marriage legitimates violence against women by conferring power and authority on husbands and dependency on wives. This shows a pattern of that domestic violence is conflicted upon women mainly. The views upon the domestic violence is the radical feminist such as Millett and Firestone (1970) who believe that all societies have been founded on patriarchy. They see the key division in society as that between men and women. Men are the enemy: they are oppressors and exploiter of women. These women explain that men are the people who will always cause the domestic violence against the women and they should be seen as the criminals in this act even though it may have not been there fault. Furthermore the radical feminists see the family and marriage as the key institution in patriarchal society and the main source of women's oppression. Within the family, men dominate women's oppression. Within the family, men dominate women through domestic violence or the threat of it. Also the similar way as mentioned above upon how women do the a lot of household work causing the domestic violence between the male and the female, the female act ...read more.


39% of domestic violence is under the influence of alcohol. Other religious groups will experience domestic violence against women, for example in 'honour killing'. Honour killing is the murder of a woman accused of bringing shame upon her family. Killing in the name of honour is often considered to be a private matter for the affected family. More and more honour killing have been reach to the UK courts but have been unable to be resolved due to the family are in on the killing so evidence is hard to gain. Normally an honour killing is done by a male family member to a female relative due to refusal to enter an arranged marriage, seeking divorce, along with other things. Around 5000 women are killed due to honour killings. The killings are normally disguised as suicide, fir or an accident. So from this we can see there are patterns in why domestic violence occurs and in which groups are at a higher risk at of domestic violence. Also the views of the sociologists and the statics provided which helps use see the reasons for domestic violence in society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kishan Karia ...read more.

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