Domestic Violence : Critical Masculinity Theory And Radical Perspectives

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Domestic Violence through the
Critical Masculinity Theory and Radical Perspectives

Introduction into Domestic Violence:
Morgan and Chadwick (2009) state that domestic violence is traditionally defined as a physical form of violence among intimate partners within a domestic household. However, domestic violence is a recipient of stereotypical definitions. Domestic violence is not bound to physical forms of violence. Other forms of domestic violence include; physical abuse towards children and pets (not only intimate partners); sexual assault; psychological abuse through emotional and verbal harassment; social isolation; economic restraint through the termination of financial independence and the manipulation or the disapproval of spiritual beliefs (Mouzos and Makkai cited in Morgan and Chadwick 2009).

It is also essential to note that domestic violence occurs within both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, married and divorced relationships, adolescent relationships, and non-intimate relationships (Flood and Fergus cited in Morgan and Chadwick 2009). Domestic violence is also a gender-neutral issue, as both men and women can either become a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence (Lockton and Ward 1997). It is important to acknowledge domestic violence to protect victims from recurring violence as well as to bring perpetrators to justice, identify patterns of domestic violence within personal and outsider relationships, educate others to identify signs of…

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