Domestic Violence

Revison Notes For Domestic Violence In the Family

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Topic Three: Power Relations `The DarkSide of the Family'
Domestic Violence
T his
h ando u t
w i
l
l h el
p yo u
a ns wer
t h e f
o ll
ow in g 24 mark
que sti
on
E xami ne do me sti
c vi
ole n ce wi t
hin
t h e f
a mi ly
( You ca n
als o use i
t
w he n
d i
sc ussi
n g
fe mi ni
s t
exp l
anati
ons)
D ome sti
c Vio l
e nc e The def i
ni t
ion:
`Physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an
intimate or familytype relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and
controlling behaviour. It may involve partners, expartners, household
members or other relatives'
A
c ommo n
v iew o f
do me st
ic viol
e nce i s t
ha t
t
he perpe t
rat
ors ar
e `
sick'
and p sy chol ogi
ca l l
y d isturbe d .
So ciol
o gist
s chall
enge this
vie w.
The Research
· British Crime Survey
D o me sti
c v i
ole nc e ac c oun t s
for al
mo st
1/6
of
all vi
ole nt
c r i
me .
· MirleesBlack
S urve yed 1 6,0 00 est
ima ti
n g
tha t
t
he r
e are
6.6 mi ll
i
o n
dome st
ic
a ssau lt
s a yea r.
­ Mo s t
victims
a r e wo me n
­ 1 i
n 4
ha ve
b e en a ssault
ed by
the i
r
pa r
t ner
· Coleman
D o me sti
c v i
ole nc e f
ol low s s ocia l
pat
ternsmo re me n are a busi
v e
t o
w o men
K ey R esea rch Dobash and Dobash:
L ook ed
at p olic e
and c our t r
e co rds i
n Scotl
and
F ou n d
exa mp l es
of
w ives b eing
slapped,
raped
and
k i
ll
ed by
th ei
r
h usb an ds.
· T hey st at
e
V iol
e n t
i
nc id en ts
could
be s et
o f f
by
w hat
a hus b and see s as
a
c hall
e nge t o
a u t
h ori
ty
E .g . `
why are they late home for tea?'
Ma rr
i age
l e gi
ti mi ses
u n eq u al
p ow er
as t
he wife beco me s
d epe n den t
E.g. we dd i
ng v o w s:
Ma n:
To cherish and protect
Wo ma n : To honour and obey
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