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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. Domestic violence is any intimidating and/or controlling behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are, or have been, in a relationship, be it family or an intimate partner. It can affect anybody, regardless of their gender or sexuality. Domestic violence can be psychological, physical, sexual or financial. This is often described as the act of a few disturbed 'sick' individuals. However sociologists have questioned this, saying that it is too widespread to be the offence of just a few. Almost a sixth of all violent crimes and it is estimated that 6.6 million domestic assaults occur every year, half of which result in physical injury. ...read more.


They recounted incidents where husbands abused their wives. A pattern arose showing that husbands reacted to situation that challenged their authority, arguing that marriage justifies inequality between men and women. Although official statistics of domestic violence are recorded, they are not full reliable, underestimating the occurrence, mainly due to victims being unwilling to report the incident. Yearnshire (1997) found the average woman endures up to 35 assaults before filing a report, many assaults go unreported. David Cheal (1991) investigated why prosecutors are reluctant to pursue the cases reported, finding that they are uncomfortable interfering with family life. They tend to overlook the 'darker side of family life' seeing it as a private unit and assume that someone suffering from any form of abuse is free to leave. ...read more.


Link between social norms expected of marriage. The feminist view ignores the majority of men that are well tempered and disagree with domestic abuse, and the women that abuse men and children, a statement supported by Faith Robertson Elliot (1996) referring back to the statistics of Mirrlees-Black. Mirrlees-Black also argues that women are not the only people at risk but also a number of social groups, such as children and young people, the elderly, financially strained, low social classes and those with high levels of alcohol and/or drugs consumption. These may overlap, like children of lower social class are at a higher risk that children of a high social class. Richard Wilkinson (1996) establishes a link between domestic violence and social inequality, stating the people from a lower social class are usually under more stress making it less likely to maintain a stable living environment and a caring relationship. ...read more.

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