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Why are women still at risk in the home?

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Why are women still at risk in the home? Aim /Hypothesis The study will be based on the reason why women are still at risk of domestic violence despite greater women's rights. I first need to look at the motives for domestic violence; most cases are often caused by financing troubles, children, alcohol/drug abuse or sheer anger. Why does the modern women still put up with the violence? The main focus of my research is 'why aren't most of these crimes being reported?'I will try to find a theory behind this by looking at police home office figures and examining statements from the vulnerables persons unit (North london) as a case study. (98) Context and Concepts For my first context I will use Dobash and Dobash'. They argue that the nuclear family is not a happy and peaceful place and that there is actually a darkside to it. They looked at the reason why women went back to their partners after being abused. They established that is was either to do with their financial situation or their low self esteem. They found out that 88% of the women interviewed had left at one stage but later returned. Why couldn't they cope on their own? ...read more.

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Main Research and Methods and Reasons My study will consist of a quantitative method.Structured Interviews will be more useful to analyse. Structured Interviews will be my main method of research.I want to generate quantative data First of all I will gather 100 women who would like to take part in my study. Any less than this the results would not be representative enough for me to obtain in-depth answers from. They will be from various women's hostels all over Britain. None of the participants will be forced to take part. The age of the applicants is very important for the interviewer. Women start getting into serious relationships from the age of 16 onwards so this would be a good place to start. The Main method will be in-depth unstructured interviews this is useful because it will be more relaxing for the individual, rather than an interview it will feel more like a conversation. The interviewer can be subjective and tapes will be used instead of written evidence because this would be easier to pin point and analyse exact responses. To try and weigh up the results and detect any patterns I will use comparative research with Dobash and Dobash' findings in 1980 and see whether ...read more.

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These types of questions may not cover all aspects of a particular subject and may be too vague whilst open questions can be very difficult to compare because everyone has different opinions on different subjects. There are huge ethical issues surroundings the subject. For example, the research may involve invasion of their privacy. Interviews involve interfering with the lives of subjects. There could also be language barriers which might hinder my research. Interviewer bias can distort results. This can occur when the presence of the interviewer can effect the response of the subject. For instance, this problem is partly overcome because they might feel comfortable that I am a woman but my race may be a problem for some who might that I am looking down on them. However a black woman may feel more comfortable being interviewed by someone of her ethic background who may make her feel more at ease. Large amounts of people taking part in this type of research may be effective but on the other hand large amounts lack depth in interviews. Finding reliable candidates who will not opt out of the research might be difficult because of the need to ask intrusive and sensetive questions . (308) Total of words - 1205 ...read more.

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