Essay on Domestic Violence : The United States Department Of Justice

1286 Words Oct 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) defines Domestic Violence 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” (USDOJ, 2016). Since the 1970s, as Domestic Violence has become more recognized so then has the need for treatment for both the victim and the batterer and in some cases, even entire families. “In 2000, Public Enemy Number 1─ the term Gov. King used to describe domestic violence ─ is alive and well and persisting in Maine. A new nationwide report by the Violence Policy Center says this state ranks sixth from the bottom when it comes to homicides in which the victim is a woman and the perpetrator is a man” (Portland Press Herald, 2000). In 2015, Maine ranked 9th nationally in rate of women killed by men. “The study, released by the Violence Policy Center to draw attention to the toll of domestic violence, says that Maine’s rate of 1.47 women killed for every 100,000 women living in the state is higher than all but eight other states” (Hench, 2015). Understandably, for a good many years the victims of domestic violence were mainly the ones offered help,…

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