Abuse and Violence Domestic Violence

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Tiffany Martin
19 November, 2014
Professor Kelli Gilbert
Prejudice & Discrimination

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Against Women is a global issue reaching across national boundaries as well as socio­economic, cultural, racial and class distinctions. It is a problem without frontiers. Not only is the problem widely dispersed geographically, but its incidence is also extensive, making it a typical and accepted behavior. Only recently, within the past twenty­five years, has the issue been "brought into the open as a field of concern and study" Domestic violence is not an isolated, individual event but rather a pattern of repeated behaviors that the
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Many people suffer from stress disorders, but most don 't resort to violence as a means of release. It is apparent that the substantial causes have more to do with the conditioning of males culturally, and within the family of orientation than anything else. Historically, women have been treated more as belongings than human beings; Old English Common Law permitted a man to abuse his wife and kids, as long as he didn 't use a stick thicker than the width of his thumb­­"Rule of
Thumb.” Culturally, men have been conditioned to repress their feelings of emotion­­always acting like the tough guy, the linebacker, the cowboy. But, when confronted with an emotionally difficult conflict, one which is impossible to shove down deep, they irrupt in volcanic proportions, often taking out years of repressed rage on those closest to them, in particular their own family. However, what seems to be the most significant cause of the male tactic of violent conflict resolution is violence within the family of orientation. Statistics show that 73% of male abusers had grown up in a family where they saw their mother beaten, or experienced abuse themselves (MTCA

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e­mail interview). Using the (relatively accepted) Freudian model, which claims that all
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