Domestic Violence Against Women Essay

6698 Words Nov 19th, 2005 27 Pages
Introduction Violence in the home is a subject of increasingly public concern. According to Davis in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, "The most affected victims, physically and psychologically, are women, including single and married women and women separated or divorced from their partners" (Davis, 1995, p.789). For years violence against women has been excluded from everyday conversations for many reasons. Women of all races and social levels are victims of violence in the home. There are many theories as to why this problem has been ignored for centuries with no focused attention. Violence is clearly a problem. Most agree that the solution to violence against women is to prevent it completely from ever occurring through …show more content…
Colleges and universities in Canada and the Unites States have begun incorporating classes on violence prevention in orientation courses. In addition, the proliferation of women's studies programs has increased research into the causes of such violence and into methods to prevent the various forms of physical oppression. Meanwhile, private groups such as the U.S. National Organization for Women (NOW) have sponsored programs in elementary and high schools to educate young people on issues of violence and sexual harassment...The U. S. Government raised amount of grants allocated to prevent violence against women from $26 million in 1995 to more than $172 million by 1998" (2000, p. 2010). Davis (1995), in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, states that the term "domestic violence" was introduced in the 1970's by the first active feminist. The term's purpose was to bring the public's attention to the awareness of abuse toward women in the home, a place that was supposed to be happy and peaceful. Other terms used by feminist that are commonly used today, include: "abuse", "spouse abuse", "intimate violence", and "relationship violence" (p.780).
Types of Abuse If one suffers insults, ridicule, jealousy, or name calling, just to name a few, by her spouse, she is suffering from verbal abuse. There are four other types

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