Domestic Violence Has A Huge Effect On People Lives

950 Words Aug 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Domestic violence is when one intimate partner is intimidating another partner by physically hitting their partner, emotionally by verbally abusing or degrading them, and sexually by forcing him/her to have any type of sexual intercourse, unwillingly (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, n.d.). Domestic Violence has a huge effect on people lives every day and most people are not aware of the problem to fix it. Most people are so willing to be in a relationship; they are blindsided and/or ignorant to what domestic violence is and how it started, who it affects, and how can it be changed.
Domestic violence has been throughout history as far back as the 1500s. The first known fact about domestic violence was what some people called the “Rule of Thumb.” It has been argued that the “Rule of Thumb” did not originate from wife beating, but it comes from when early immigrants settled in America and the men were permitted to beat their wives to keep control of them (Domestic Violence Timeline, n.d.). The states mad a law, accepting wife beating, by setting a law that a man can only beat his wife with a switch no bigger than his thumb. From then, domestic violence has been going on in full force. Women began to form a voice against abuse and started to fight for their rights. In the early 1970s, women were starting to be heard about the problems that they faced with domestic violence. After society realized that the abuse was a problem, laws were made against domestic…
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