Domestic Violence Is A Serious Social Issue

1546 Words Apr 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Domestic violence is a serious social issue, yet often overlooked by society due to insufficient knowledge and misconceptions. It has prevailed for years, and current interventions have not succeeded in eliminating it. One of the biggest myths is that: “Domestic violence is not common,” while in reality, the number of domestic violence incidents annually ranges from 960,000 to 3 million (Collins et al 169.) According to Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, it is believed to be the most common, but least reported in the United States (It Shouldn’t Hurt 6.) In order to fully analyze domestic violence, the term first has to be clearly defined as there are several different names and interpretations of “domestic violence.” The most useful definitions determined by the author of this research paper was developed by the Oregon Domestic Violence Council: “Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to control and subordinate another in an intimate relationship. These behaviors include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse. Tactics of coercion, terrorism, degradation, exploitation, and violence are used to engender fear in the victim in order to enforce compliance.” (McCue 3) Domestic violence can cut cross class, age, religion, ethnic groups, genders and sexualities; anyone could be a victim of domestic violence. However, this research paper mostly discusses female survivors since they are consistently the majority of the group worldwide…
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