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Domestic Violence and Women.

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  • Submitted: 22/12/2003
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Rachel Pierre-Louis

Prof. Jacobs

Sociology 620

December 12, 2001

Domestic Violence and Women

Domestic violence has affected many families for several decades and it still dominates our society today. Each year, there is an increase in the number of cases of domestic violence, which is defined as "intentional hostile aggressive physical or psychological acts within a marital or intimate relationship in the house"(Dwyer, 1995) The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that a woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States.

There are two theories that help to understand violence against women: the feminist theory and the interpersonal power theory. Lenton (1995) analyzes these two theories and how they apply to the factors that are believed to be the cause of domestic violence. The interpersonal power theory involves the belief that a power imbalance creates violence in the family. The feminist theory emphasizes that abuse against women is the end result of a patriarchal society that encourages men to act violently toward women. Lenton put forth a broader picture of domestic violence and the contribution of both the feminist and the interpersonal theories to better understand violence against women. There

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