Although it’s a sensitive topic, most domestic violence advocates would tend to encourage a survivor of battering to end an abusive relationship and move on.
They argue that cultural values don’t cause men to hit women — they emphasize the role of individual psychology and the impact of socioeconomic factors such as poverty and education.Many studies have appeared in academic journals looking at the causes of domestic violence and at the effectiveness of programs, such as batterer intervention groups.Is it an outmoded concern from 30 years ago, or is the role of women still an issue requiring social and political change? Worldwide, including in the United States, men will commit relationship abuse or sexual assault against at least one in three women.* On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.** Women and children are more at risk of violence in their homes and relationships, by men they know, than in the street. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2007) Relationship abuse occurs at roughly the same rate in same-gender relationships as it does in heterosexual relationships. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2007); Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, Teenage Research Unlimited for Liz Claiborne Inc. A lot of people drink and use drugs and most people do not abuse.Key question: Is domestic violence caused by the patriarchal values of our culture, or is domestic violence caused by individual socioeconomic and/or psychological factors ( substance abuse, mental illness, unemployment)?
Key question: Based on your personal observations, what is the difference between men’s violence against women and women’s violence against men?Duluth was one of the first jurisdictions to experiment with “mandatory arrest,” a policy that required police officers to make an arrest in certain predefined situations where domestic violence incidents occurred.Today mandatory arrest policies apply in most jurisdictions, and the arrest rate for domestic violence crimes has remained at much higher levels than before mandatory arrest.Proponents of mandatory arrest claim the policies have been a great success, pointing to sharp reductions in the incident rate of domestic violence crimes over the past 30 years.Critics allege that criminalization does not address the causes of domestic violence, that it has been discriminatory against African Americans because police tend to arrest black suspects more frequently, and that mandatory arrest has the unintended consequence of deterring spouses from reporting abusive spouses.Domestic violence never shows up in statistics as much as it occurs. The elements of abusive relationships are similar for heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and there can be different tactics of control used; for instance, the abusive partner may threaten to out the other partner to family or professors. and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (2008); CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (February 2008); and Silverman et al. Not all abusers drink and not all people who drink are abusive. Personality disorders, mental illness, poor impulse control, and generational abuse do not cause relationship abuse. Domestic violence occurs in all socioeconomic groups.