Essay Domestic Violence And Human Trafficking

1070 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
In this paper, the topic of the marginalization of female victims by the criminal justice system will be discussed. With the rise in popularity and knowledge of feminism and the feminist movement, this topic has become increasingly more important and relevant over the years. This paper will concentrate on domestic violence and human trafficking.

Domestic Violence Domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone” (United States…). Because the United States often swept domestic violence cases under the proverbial rug, the second wave of feminism highlighted it in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s police departments were forced by social pressure to be more reactive to domestic violence (Newbold and Cross 2, 1). To do this, zero tolerance policies were implemented, meaning that an arrest had to be made if there was any evidence (Newbold and Cross 2). According to LaGrange, after police departments were sued for not protecting women from partners with a history of assault, (as cited in Newbold and Cross, 4), police responses were tested to…

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