Essay on Domestic Violence And Sexual Abuse

1130 Words Oct 19th, 2015 null Page
Introduction Domestic violence is the “violence between spouses, or spousal abuse but can also include cohabitant and non-married intimate partners” (Office of Justice Programs, 2015). In other words domestic violence refers to harm done to family/household members and/or those who are in a relationship with the offender, otherwise known as intimate partner violence. This violence is not limited to physical abuse, emotional and sexual abuse is included when discussing domestic violence. Examples of domestic violence includes hitting, throwing things, yelling, controlling the victim’s actions, and/or forcing the victim to perform sexual actions (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). Another commonly known fact is that domestic violence victims have a greater chance at being women, even though men can be victims as well. When reviewing statistics between 1994 and 2012, one will see that the rate of domestic violence has significantly decreased sixty-three percent (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014).There is also evidence that this decline occurred at the same time as the decline of violent crime as a whole. This is believed to be due impart by effective changes in policy. The Pennsylvania Coalition of Domestic Violence (2015) website states that “law and policy play an essential role in society’s response to domestic violence”. An example of a potentially beneficial policy change occurred in Ohio. In Ohio’s state policy, it is requires that the domestic…

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