Grandmother's Killing Lays Bare A Dilemma In Child Welfare Work

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Domestic violence effects numerous people around the world. There is not just one specific gender, age, religion, ethnicity, social class, etc that suffers this injustice. There are cases where you would never know that violence was occurring behind closed doors. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) (2016), the definition of domestic violence is, “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” (NCADV, 2016) With that being said, there are many people and things that are hurt by domestic violence, which is discussed through the three elements (video, newspaper, …show more content…
Grandmother’s Killing Lays Bare a Dilemma in Child Welfare Work”. (2016) However this article zooms in on one specific domestic violence case and the effects it has on not only the victim, but their surrounding environment. The authors discuss the case of Heaven, a nine-year-old girl, who witnessed the murder of her grandmother, Mrs. Irizarry, by Mrs. Irizarry’s partner, Henry Malsonado. The night of the incident Heaven was sleeping in the same bed with Mrs. Irizarry when Henry Malsando came into the room with a steak knife. From there Malsando lunged at Heaven and cut her torso and left leg 5 times. It was not until Mrs. Irizarry blocked the blows with her own body that saved Haven from danger. The article takes this case as one of a myriad of times that domestic violence went unnoticed and placed a child within the home at risk. Such situations not only harm the victim, but have a greater impact on the ones that were also involved and survived. This time it was Heaven, who was left without a guardian and terrifying memories. This editorial calls out that this needs to be stopped and that we need to make a change in order to lower the rates and ultimately end this crime. (McKinley, J., Jr., Baker, A., & Southall, A. …show more content…
The sources seem to be quite personal, except they do not look all around the world on this crisis. Going off of that, I feel that each of these pieces did a thorough job on explaining domestic violence and that change needs to happen. However, I also believe that each model needs to give a little more information on what ways these changes can be done. For instance, in the newspaper article, the main thing talked about were all the problems (such as drugs, parenting, etc) that went along with domestic violence, but not about how we can take that step. I think the other two sources did the same by bringing this dark issue to the light, but not giving a way out of

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