What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is a confluence of domestic abuse and physical violence. Domestic abuse is a phenomenon that is otherwise called spousal abuse; it occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or in an established marriage setting attempts to dominate and control the other person [Domestic Violence. org. 2007]. The abuser in such a relationship does not understand the rule of fairness, he is simply interested in continually instilling fear in hi/her partner as a means of perpetually controlling the person for various reasons of which selfish interest is numero uno.
The abuser uses fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation as methods to keep his partner under perpetual domination. Many a time, the abuser adopts the other component of domestic violence, which is physical violence. This is usually preceded by series of threats and warning signals he abused and then the hurting violence ensues [Domestic Violence. org, 2007]. Victims of domestic violence may be men or women: women are however more commonly affected [Fox News, 2005]. Violence could also occur in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
It does not discriminate age, ethnicity, and social status nor does it respect occupational position and financial levels. As far as the individuals are involved in an intimate relationship or marriage, and one of them has he tendency or purposeful plan to dominate the other, domestic violence preceded by abuse becomes inevitable. It can even occur after the relationship has been broken; this shows the extent to which the abuser applies the inhumane principles of unfairness and disrespect for his/her partner [Fox News, 2005].
Contrary to present dogma, domestic violence can not be attributed to the abuser’s loss of control over his behavior. In actual fact, domestic violence is a deliberate and well-thought choice made by the abuser in order to place his/her partner in his ‘cage’ of perpetual domination. And it may be difficult for the abused to see this abuse not to talk of making attempts to quit such relationships [Home office, 2008]. Although domestic violence is chronically under reported, statistics show that it accounts for 16% of all violent crime and 1 in 4 women would be affected unlike 1 in 6 men in their lifetime.
The pathetic story about this is that almost 80% of victims of domestic violence are women. On the average, two women are killed every week by current or former mal partner. The fact is that this is not just restricted to certain countries or zones of the world; this rate has a cosmopolitan distribution. Besides, there has more repeat victims of domestic violence than any other crime; in fact, there would have been an average of 35 assaults before a victim calls the police. [Crime in England and Wales 2006/07 report]
Womanhood as a profession is the most affected, adversely affected to the detriment of society, as they appear to be harmlessly unharmed and at the disposal of the aggressive male counterparts who may be find unholy satisfaction in molesting them[Domestic Violence. org. 2007] . The health of affected women and children have also been reported to be adversely affected [Fox News, 2005]. Research is yet to prove the specific profession among the list of professionals that are severely affected.
It may however be put that relationships exist both in the office and at home; in this case, occupations where women are concentrated may be exposed to domestic violence. Such acts of violence has become an issue of global health concern as it impacts negatively on the health of affected women [Fox News, 2005]In another case, sexual assault then becomes an intrinsic issue for consideration as part of domestic abuse and physical assault. However, domestic violence occurs irrespective of profession, economic status, ethnicity or social setting.
The government, social activists, family groups need to do more to curtail this acts of violence [safe at home, 2008]. REFERENCE Crime in England and Wales 2006/07 report. Accessed from http://www. homeoffice. gov. uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/domestic-violence/ Domestic Violence: global Health Problem. http://www. foxnews. com/story/0,2933,176690,00. html Domestic violence. http://www. domesticviolence. org/ Domestic Violence. http://www. domesticviolence. org/who-are-the-victims/ http://www. safeathome. org. uk/awareness. htm Crime and victims. Domestic violence. www. homeoffice. gov. uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/domestic-violence/