Theoretical Approaches to Domestic Violence

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Classification of the literature about violence against women is difficult because violence against women cannot be understood in terms of a single factor. Most of the researchers focus on a few different reasons and not on a single one to explain why men use violence against women. Their arguments are sometimes so similar that even their approach is defined in different perspectives. For example, approaches by Gelles and Straus, who have many essays and research on violence against women, sometimes support the class analysis perspective and sometimes the liberal perspective. Thus, classification of the literature about male violence to females and the definition of the researchers are difficult
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The grade of an action or force, intensity, hardness, 2. Speed: Violence of the wind, 3. Use of brute force against opposite thinking persons, instead of persuading or settling, and 4. Metaphor. Extremeness about emotions or behavior.

According to another definition in Turkish literature, violence arises from social relations among sides who have conflicting interests (Ergil, 2001). Violence is a physical violence as a narrow sense and hard and painful action against the wholeness of the human body from outside (Ünsal, 1996:29).

A basic assumption regarding violence is that it is only possible where there are the powerful and the powerless. An important point to consider is which factors create the powerful and the powerless.

Turpin and Kurtz (1996) define a number of problems with the current theories on violence. First, the traditional disciplinary approaches obscure the problem of violence even as they have also clarified part of it. Interdisciplinary work is the most creative approach to this issue, but it is discouraged in the academy. Second, scholars neglect the micro/macro issue, tending to focus on one particular level of violence. Third, conventional social science methodologies encourage narrow approaches to the study of violence, prompting a focus on one specific form of violence that is often limited in
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