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"Is domestic violence increasing?" He loved me, he loved me not Having decided to investigate this type of crime, one which I consider to be emotional and sensitive, I hope that by looking into it in more depth, I can satisfy my own curiosity, and be more aware and educated about something I consider to be an important issue for both women and men in society. In this study I will be covering definitions of domestic violence, views on why this happens (other than my own) the movements against violence, including government policy's and women's aid. Domestic violence is one of the most common crimes. It is present throughout society. It seems that it occurs in almost all cultures and countries, across all known divisions of wealth, race, caste and social class. There may never have been a time when it did not exist, and it certainly stretches back deep into history. Centuries, indeed even millenniums are filled with millions of assaults, attacks, violations, psychological abuses, rapes, maiming's and killings. There are many views on why domestic violence occurs, maybe by looking into it we will be able to understand why violence seems to be increasing. In the British context, domestic violence is usually regarded as violence between adults who are in an intimate or family relationship, most often a sexual relationship between a woman and a man. The definition according to the home office 2000 is that domestic violence is not a specific statutory offence. ...read more.


Many feminists would use this view that stresses the need to examine the historical position of women in a particular society. As Susan Schecher has pointed out in 'women and male violence' this does not mean that feminists are "dismissing psychology or ignoring violent individuals" But they are stressing the need for a psychology that analyses wife beating in its proper contexts, accounts for power differentiations, and asks why women have been traumatised. Most feminists would also draw attention to the economical position of women. They point to the fact that society assigns women the responsibility of looking after children and so this places them in a position of enforced financial dependency on their partners, a situation which is reinforced in Britain by the child support act. Feminist also argue that factors such as class and racial oppression, unemployment, bad housing and poverty are likely to increase violence. However, the one point that unites all forms of feminist view is that domestic violence arises from the power and control that mean exercises over women, and the unequal position of women in society. A view that greatly contrasts, yet at points is quite similar to that of the feminist, is the cycles of violence theory. This suggests that there is a direct transfer of violence down the generations by learned behaviour, creating a cycle in which violence continues to reproduce itself. This can be compared to the feminist view that sees history as a cause of domestic violence. ...read more.


Most importantly middle-class families are far less likely to be researched. (1) Crime and deviance - Tony Law and Tim Heaton (2) Extract on effects of domestic violence on children from women's aid Conclusion Our main question I was trying to answer within this essay was that of 'is violence increasing?' It may seem that I strayed from that question, but everything I researched has helped me come to a decision about whether it is or not. We must realise that domestic violence has been around for a long time, it has just not been as publicised. As women have developed more rights, (or fought for them should I say!) it has come to our attention just how much this act will occur. In Britain, 25% of women will experience Domestic violence, and a woman will be injured every 10 seconds. However, we have to take into account those women that don't come forward, and those that don't actually think they're husbands are doing anything wrong. We must also think about those women that are abused in different cultures, such as Muslim, there the statistics will not be accurate, and more than often family's of the victims will keep quiet, or defend the attacker. The simple answer to this broad question is that no, domestic violence is not increasing, we are simply becoming more aware of it, however, we will never really know this for sure until we can find a way to universally collect accurate statistics that will have ecological validity, which is the most important thing within a piece of research. ...read more.

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