Essay on Domestic Violence : A Controversial Issue

813 Words Nov 7th, 2014 4 Pages
Domestic violence is a very controversial issue in today’s society. There are many reasons why domestic violence occurs including: alcohol or substance abuse and the sense of control or power over the victim. Domestic violence can mean different things to different people, but in general the definition of it, is a pattern abusive behavior to a person by another. There are different types of domestic violence including: verbal abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and can also be emotional abuse. All of these types can leave a negative effect on the victim and the perpetrator.
Domestic violence can occur between family members, spouses and even strangers. There are even different patterns of victimization within domestic violence such as: single, repeat and co-occurring victimization.
The purpose of this study is to find out if a large amount of alcohol consumption plays a big factor in domestic violence, and if so how can this problem can be solved.
Literature Review
The authors of the journal “Alcohol and Domestic Violence: A Cross over Study in Residences of Individuals in Brazil” discussed domestic violence and how it is a psychological problem and not a substance abuse problem. In the study the authors concluded that less than 50% of domestic violence acts where caused by alcohol. They also believe that the perpetrators who commit the violence are violent regardless if they have consumed alcohol or not. Most perpetrators use alcohol as an excuse for their…

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