Domestic Violence And Its Effects On Society

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Murders, rapists, batterers and abusers all have two things in common: they are criminals, and they all take away some part of another human being’s life. Both men and women have to deal with the everlasting issue of domestic violence. Defined by domesticviolence.org (2012) as a behavior “used by one person in a relationship to control the other”, domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, or even financial. Although the issue of abusers being punished is a significant one, it must be realized that there are victims, and those victims need help. Some countries have no concern or sympathy for victims, as more than twenty countries have no laws against abuse ("Domestic Violence in Developing Countries: An Intergenerational Crisis," n.d.). In many cases, victims should be placed in a counseling program so that they can learn that the trauma they endured was not their fault. Both Sarasota and Manatee counties have shelters for women who have been abused, however, Sarasota County shelters do not offer counseling. Sarasota County is saving money by not having to pay for counseling, but the counseling programs are worth the funds that would have to be put toward them. Domestic violence, when physical, is against the law, therefore, the perpetrator may be sentence to time in jail. However, these violent criminals, most often men, do eventually get out of jail. The victims, who often face guilt and even dependency, usually go back to their abusers, and
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