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'If the government wants to make a serious impact on the crime problem it should concentrate resources not on tackling street crime but on violence in the family home'. Discuss.

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'If the government wants to make a serious impact on the crime problem it should concentrate resources not on tackling street crime but on violence in the family home'. Discuss. However, crime and criminals do exist, on the streets, in large cities, in fact all across the nation, only sometimes those very same crimes committed on the streets are actually happening in the one place society believes to be 'safe'..... home! 'Hidden crimes', (mainly due to the lack of public awareness) appear less personal and even less important if individuals are not directly affected. Domestic violence along with child abuse is one area, only three decades ago that was reluctantly accepted as an 'ordinary crime', forcing it to be considered a 'hidden crime'. Not only did the perpetrator himself not acknowledge what he was doing was criminal, but also society and law enforcement agencies overlooked family violence, accepting it as part of family life. With attitudes the way they were, it is not surprising that police, and their court systems, were reluctant to intervene unless, a very serious assault or even murder had occurred. Domestic violence then, was interpreted as a 'domestic' matter, which authorities were not responsible for and therefore perpetrators were justifiably 'chastising' where they felt it was necessary. ...read more.

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This in turn, can provide the assumption that the family have an apparently well structured and managed home. Women's Aid groups, aware of the problems with domestic violence in the home, have, for over the past three decades argued that men have used their masculinities to dominate and control their families, exploiting their power by intimidating and abusing their status in the household. They started to educate and voice how violence in the home was shaped. Violence came in many forms, none of which were acceptable. If animals had rights, then so should women and children. Over the years violence in the family home became less tolerable and was described with three main categories: physically; punching, kicking, slapping etc. and/or using objects or weapons, sexually; rape, molestation and assault and psychologically; intimidating, insulting, and harassment. Many women were now able to identify domestic violence as a crime and in light of this, some women took advantage of any help that was provided, however unfortunately some did not, and today, still do not. It comes as no surprise that two women each week die as a result of domestic violence. (Book 1, Chapter 5, p.197) Speaking out about violence in the home, can still be a very difficult thing for many victims to do. ...read more.

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However with all this in mind, it is still considered to be less important and even 'newsworthy' than 'ordinary crimes'. Domestic violence still does not hold onto the public's imagination in the same way. Society still appears to be more interested by what places to avoid, what is going on around the UK, and what they can do in order to protect themselves, without realizing that in fact at any one time, they too could be affected by 'hidden crime'. Okay, so child abuse and domestic violence today is less acceptable and more visible within media discourses, and victims are seen to be taking advantage and 'telling' on their perpetrators, however we still seem more fascinated about what we read, watch and listen to when it comes to all stories about 'crime' and clearly when it comes to our personal safety, individuals adopt a more selfish attitude through the fear of the information we take in. With personal motives and gain put primarily on the agenda, 'hidden Crimes' are seen to be less personal. Until you are faced with dealing with a subject over and over again, as with the domestic violence issue, attitudes will always be focussed on street crime as a concern for their welfare, and robberies, burglaries, assault, and so on will always hold the publics' imagination, regardless of what else is going on around the world that. ...read more.

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