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Examining domestic violence

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´╗┐Domestic violence The definition for domestic violence comes from the women?s aid federation; ?Physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. It may involve partners, ex-partners, household members or other relatives.? The view of domestic violence is that it is just the behaviour of a few sick disturbed individuals, and it is caused by psychological factors rather than social factors, but a lot of sociologists are against this view; Sociologists say that domestic violence is far too widespread and common to have been cause by just a few sick individuals. A crime survey in 2007 showed that domestic violence accounted for a sixth of all violent crime. Black?s survey of 16,000 people estimates that there is around six and a half million domestic assaults a year, round about half resulting in physical injury. ...read more.


They also say that they see the family as a good thing for society so they neglect the ?darker side? of family. They also see a woman as a free agent so if she is experiencing abuse then she is free to leave however a lot of the time the woman is financially dependent on the man so is trapped in the relationship anyway . Another view on the topic of domestic abuse is that of the radical feminist view, they look at the findings of dobash and dobash as an example of patriarchy. Kate Millet and Shulamith firestone say that all societys across the planet have been founded on patriarchy. They see men and women are the main division in society and that men exploit women and see them as the enemy. The radical feminists say that men dominate relationships through the threat or use of domestic violence, for these sorts of feminists they say that ...read more.


If someone fits across two or more of the social groups their risk increases. Richard Wilkinson shows an explanation for this, he sees domestic violence as the result of stress on family members caused by social inequality; inequality basically means that some families have different resources than others such as income and position of they live, so people who live in crowed accommodation are more likely to have higher levels of stress this dramatically reduces their chances of having a healthy and normal stable relationship. The findings of Wilkinson and black shows that not everyone is at an equal chance of experiencing domestic abuse. The more power and wealth you have the less likely you are to experience domestic abuse according to their surveys, however Wilkinson offers no opinion on why more women than men are the victims. ...read more.

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