Domestic Violence, A Federal Crime Essay

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An Unseen Crime A crime that affects between one and four million women in the U.S yearly is domestic violence. This crime, which many do not know is a federal crime, responsible for about thirty percent of female murders (Asher, Elba, Sugg 1). According to the American Bar Association (ABA), 90-95% of domestic violence victims are women (2) and “ 70% of intimate homicides are female” (2) intimate murder, as opposed to murder by a stranger. Women today need to understand what domestic violence is and need to educate themselves that domestic violence is a serious crime. Domestic violence towards women is the most common form of violence throughout the United States. It affects a woman’s lifespan from health-related problems such as sex …show more content…
Then there will be a point where the violence will escalate and the victim will experience slapping, pushing, punching, etc. Soon after such violence it can lead to life threatening situations where the abuser may resort to choking, breaking bones, and use weapons (“Why Do Men Batter Women” 1-2). According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), acts of violence are categorized as the following (“What is Battering” 1). Physical Battering: Injuries can start from bruises to murder. This is also known as the crackling egg shells or the tension building phase. This phase is distinguished by having poor communication skills, tension, and fear. This is the stage where the victim tries not to provoke the abuser so she/he can avoid any type of threatening confrontation. After the tension building phase the cycle will continue to take the route which can range from hours, days, weeks, and even years. The next step would be a violent episode where there will be outbursts of abusive acts, so that the abuser can feel as if he is in control with his/her victim. This results with serious acts of physical violence instead of threats or signs of abuse. Such acts would be sexual abuse, at times sexual violence leads to physical violence in which the victim, may be forced to engage in sexual activities or rape. Violent acts
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