Domestic Violence - Crimes within the Home
What is domestic violence? It takes place when a family member, a domestic partner, or ex-partner physically or psychologically dominates and/or causes harm to another family member. Are you in a household where domestic violence is a daily occurrence?
Domestic violence is referred to as domestic abuse, relationship violence, spousal abuse, family violence, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) although these terms may have specific definitions in some jurisdictions.
In recent years, numerous cases of wife battering caught the attention of feminist groups and gave rise to public awareness on domestic violence. While most victims of domestic violence are women, men’s movement showcasing men as victims of domestic violence is also on the rise.
Domestic violence can happen in all cultures, races, ethnicities, economic classes, and religion with members of both sexes as possible victims. Moreover, both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships can suffer from domestic violence.
Domestic Violence - Multi-Faceted and Multi-Dimensional
Domestic violence comes in different forms: physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, violent threats, and economic deprivation among others.
Aside from its many forms, there are also 3 dimensions that are taken into account when describing and evaluating domestic violence.
Domestic Violence - Letting the Numbers Talk
Domestic Violence against Men
Unless substantial injuries have been incurred, men are generally more reluctant to report domestic violence in the relationship they are in. This accounts for the little data available for domestic violence against men although this doesn’t deny the fact it exists and is rampant in our present society.
Police data shows however that men who file complaints of domestic violence are co-habiting with another man, while only 7% of complainants are living with the opposite sex.
Domestic Violence against Children
Studies show that 40 to 60% of men and women who inflict some form of domestic violence to their partners also do so to their children. Moreover, children who come from physically abusive homes are also more likely to be sexually abused than children from non-abusive homes.
A look at the statistics of IPV can give one a good idea of how rampant domestic violence against children is in our present society.
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