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Domestic Violence : A Serious Global Issue

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Domestic violence has become a very serious global issue. Domestic violence can be described as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been an intimate partner or family member, regardless of sexuality” (Home Office, 2008 as cited in Howard et al., 2010). When hearing the term domestic violence it is often pictured as a male physically, sexually, verbally, or emotionally abusing a female that they were or are intimate with. This paints a vivid picture in the heads of individuals because female partner abuse is rooted in history. For a long time women were considered possessions of men and property of the husband, who had the “obligation to control and discipline them” (txtbook). A man was allowed to beat his wife, as long as the stick was no thicker than his thumb (this is where the phrase “rule of thumb” comes from); this law was removed in 1820 (txtbook). In 2011, statistics for the overall rate of intimate partner violence was “542 per 100 000 women, almost four times higher than the rate of men” (txtbook). Additional research “demonstrates that women initiate physical aggression as often, or more often than men” (judicial citation). One of the problems with these studies is that they do not always indicate whether women use violence mainly as a source of self- defence (textbook). Although all genders can be exposed to domestic violence, it is more common for the
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