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Domestic Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Against Women

What is violence against women?

Violent acts such as coercion, physical assault, threats and verbal abuse which causes physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women is violence against women.

Until well into the 20th century, domestic violence against women was largely treated as a private matter. Through a process of gradual evolution in public attitudes against domestic violence, laws began to change to outlaw domestic violence. Thus domestic violence against women dropped significantly due to it being criminalized and to the social stigma against. Despite this progress, the problem of domestic violence against women has not fully been removed from our society.

Domestic violence against women represents one of the most common forms of domestic violence. Women of all races, education levels, and ages experience domestic abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control “more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).”

When compared to all the other crimes committed in the United States, domestic abuse accounts for 14% of all violent crime.

Besides its human cost, domestic violence against women also carries an economic toll as well. A 2004 study conducted by the CDC shows that “the annual economic cost of intimate partner violence against women as exceeding $8.3 billion. The study breaks that number down into $460 million for rape, $6.2 billion for physical assault, $461 million for stalking, and $1.2 billion in the value of lost lives.”

Domestic violence also appears to come at a heavier personal price for women who suffer greater medical costs because of domestic violence.  A 2005 study conducted by the CDC shows that the average medical cost for women victimized by physical domestic violence was $483 compared to $83 for men; mental health services costs for women was $207 compared to $80 for men. Based on these statistics domestic one can conclude that domestic violence against women is still a serious issue from both a legal and social perspective.

Recognizing domestic abuse

There are women who stay in abusive relationships but don’t realize it until they fall victim to acute domestic violence by their partners. There are some signs and behaviours that abusers commonly display that can be used to identify abusive tendencies and prevent domestic violence.

Abusers try to threaten or intimidate their partners to get their way. They threaten to hurt themselves, their partners, their loved ones and their belongings.

Another thing that they do is resume a dominant position in the relationship. They try to control everything that their partner does and always have things done the way they like. They also isolate their partner from friends, family and acquaintances, so that they become completely dependent on the abuser and it gets very difficult for them to escape their relationship.

If your partner displays these behaviors, then there are chance that he/she might be capable of committing domestic violence.

What you should do if you are victim of domestic violence

If you are victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in representing victims of domestic violence. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help, explain the what rights you may have and how to best protect yourself from an abusive partner or family member.

If you are victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in representing victims of domestic violence. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help, explain the what rights you may have and how to best protect yourself from an abusive partner or family member.


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