Domestic Violence During The United States Essay

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Domestic Violence in the United States

According to Edna Erez, LL.B., Ph.D.,

"It is only recently that domestic violence has been considered a violation of the law. Although men have battered, abused and mistreated their wives or intimate partners for a long time, historically, wife or partner abuse has been viewed as a "normal" part of marriage or intimate relationships. Only towards the end of the twentieth century, in the 1970’s, has domestic violence been defined a crime, justifying intervention by the criminal justice system" (2002).

Domestic violence is not just physical abuse; it can be sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological abuse. Domestic violence is a very serious matter in the United States. The average person being beaten or emotionally abused is almost 20 people per minute. One in three women and one in four men are physically abused by their partner. You can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of what your age is. In most cases involving a person’s intimate partners, the victim is around the age of eighteen. Many people think that men cannot be victims, but around 40% of men are the victims.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline,

"One in seven men age 18+ in the U.S. has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in his lifetime. One in 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. In 2013, 13% of documented contacts to the Hotline identified themselves as…

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