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Discriminatory Laws: The Rise Of Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence has been officially traced back to 753 BC (Icadvinc.org, 2015). During the reign of Romulus in Rome, wife beating was accepted and under The Laws of Chastisement. By law, a husband is held liable for crimes committed by his wife so this law was designed to ‘protect’ the husband from harm caused by the wife’s actions. These discriminatory laws also found its way in English Common Law. At the end of Punic wars, female were given more freedom but it was quickly taken away when Churches gained power. The famous Roman Emperor Constantine the Great had his wife burnt alive when she was no longer needed by him and yet he is addressed as someone ‘great’.

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