Child Removal Policy Essay

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Domestic violence has a long historical presence in our society. Initially, it was viewed strictly as a family matter. It was an acceptable means for men to discipline their wives and children, who were regarded as little more than man’s property. There was a lack of, if any, legal ramifications for the abuser and, in fact, domestic violence had been previously sanctioned by English Common law (The National Center for Victims of Crime). As the issue infiltrated public consciousness, advocacy groups rose to the forefront and championed for the rights of abused victims. They demanded change, not only to the laws, but to the way victims and abusers are treated by law enforcement and legal institutions. As a result of these efforts, many…show more content…
Every year children most at risk of being exposed to violence in the home is estimated to be between 3.3 million and 10 million in the United States alone (Bourassa, 2007). With increasing frequency, more research is being carried out regarding the impact merely witnessing domestic abuse has on a child (Edleson, 2011). In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, conducted a comprehensive nationwide survey to ascertain the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence (Hamby, Finkelhor, Turner, & Ormrod, 2011). This survey is known as the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence or NatSVEC (2011). The information gathered contains the most comprehensive and detailed data collected thus far on the subject (2011). The results have proved equally alarming as the statistics regarding the act of domestic violence itself. It showed, unequivocally, that children are exposed to unacceptable rates of violence in the home. These incidents of violence include, but are not limited to, the ‘willful intimidation, assault, battery sexual assault or other abusive behavior perpetrated by one family member, household member, or intimate partner against another’ (The National Center for Victims of Crime). Over 4500 children and adolescents were interviewed telephonically. Their ages ranged from 17 and younger (Hamby, et al, 2011). They found that, more than
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