Domestic Violence Social Problem

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Domestic Violence as a Social Problem Domestic violence or intimate partner violence has been a social problem for almost as long as humans have inhabited the earth. Domestic violence is often defined as a pattern of abusive tactics aimed to maintain power and control over an intimate partner, such as physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse. Like many social problems, domestic violence can happen to anybody and can be perpetrated by anybody. It is generally accepted that as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Furthermore, it is believed that domestic violence impacts individuals with disabilities…show more content…
This may be the result of the lack of differences among the help-seeking behavior and requested services of survivors across identities. For example, one study found that LGBTQ individuals have sought help at rates similar to their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts (Turell & Cornell-Swanson, 2005). With that being said, the study also reported a low rating of helpfulness of service providers from this group (Turell & Cornell-Swanson, 2005). LGBTQ indidivuals reported that domestic violence programs, police, attorneys, and clergy were the least helpful when seeking help related to a violent incident, while family and friends were able to satisfy their needs (Turell & Cornell-Swanson, 2005). While this could be interpreted as a lack of response from these agencies regarding domestic violence towards LGBTQ individuals, it should also be noted that some of these agencies receive low ratings of helpfulness from survivors across all identities. For example, the police response to domestic violence has long been criticized by survivors of partner violence (Li et al., 2015). In some ways, the police response to domestic violence has even worsened since the implementation of VAWA with mandatory arrest policies disproportionately impacting women and other minorities (Qtd. in Li et al., 2015; Sudbury, 2003). Furthermore, Chen & Ullman predicted that the police response to sexual and domestic violence is greatly influenced by myths perpetrated by rape culture such as disbelief of victims (Chen & Ullman, 2014). One benefit and service related to VAWA that has received a lot of criticism from intersectional analysts is shelter services. Shelter services are typically gender-based services (Turell & Cornell-Swanson, 2005). Despite VAWA requiring an alternative service of equal opportunity being offered, LGBTQ
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