Sociological Theory Of Family Violence

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Domestic Violence is defined as aggressive behavior used to establish power and control, enlisting tactics of intimidation, fear and physical threat or action. There are seven identified models of family violence that researchers have categorized as being possible causal components in family violence; the Psychiatric, Ecological, Sociological, Social Psychological, Patriarchy, Social control/exchange and Information-processing approach. Within these models are factors that can exasperate the conditions and make a family more prone to exhibit or experience violence. The models are the overall theories of why family violence happens and the factors contribute the probability of violent actions happening. Factors include; poverty, unemployment, …show more content…
One would see violence as a normal method in solving disputes. This can cross generation lines and also appear later as elder abuse. With no community support or intervention this cycle will continue. In order for the cycle to dissolve participants need to learn different adaptation style and the entire family must seek treatment and support. This theory is not as strong as other maybe in part to the complex amount of individuals needed in order to gather correct data. Meaning this model goes deep into what a family deems as customary and in order to break that cycle vast community support and trust is needed. The current resources are not available to expel energy and time needed to break this pattern. Because of this the model does not receive the attention from researchers. (Rielley, …show more content…
This theory suggests that experiencing violence in the home as a child causes disruptions in development. Lack of attachment along with Ericson’s model of development suggest violence disrupts the Trust-vs Mistrust stage causing the child to group up with a distorted view when it comes to trusting the world and it surrounding. Maslow suggests that children need nurture, basic needs and social support and when those are missing a child could deviate in achieving a sense of security, creativity and spirituality. All of these theories suggest that a person missing any or all of these crucial stages could start a pattern of selecting abusive partners, the fear of being alone far outweighs the abuse suffered. The above covers a women’s perspective however men witnessing domestic violence has its ramifications also. Witnessing violence in the home creates an ideology that aggression to solve disputes is an appropriate way to act. Along with witnessing violence attachment theory suggests that a violent man is acting out against his loved one for fear of separation or abandonment. Which is the center of attachment theory, so this results fear, anxiety and unbalanced exchange of emotions within the relationship. These contributing factors women seek out aggressive partner and men see aggression as a way of expressing emotion all start the cycle of abuse which can continue on

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