Victilation And Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is frequently occurring in modern society and research suggests that a considerable number of people become victims of abuse. Historically it was not even considered to be a problem that needed remedying, past opinions on the issue were vastly different from beliefs today. 2700 years ago in Roman times, it was commonly thought that violence against women was acceptable as the law of chastisement permitted this behaviour. In the 1800’s people began to realise that the use of violence against a partner was immoral, this was acknowledged in early case law and then subsequently developed and codified into new statute legislation. This law enabled a woman to separate from her husband if he behaved in a way that amounted to abusive …show more content…
Subsequent Laws have been created but they haven’t always provided effective protection for victims, often legal loopholes have been found resulting in perpetrators escaping punishment. However, the law is constantly improving and has evolved in accordance with changes in society 's beliefs and developments within the economy. Consequently, it is now common knowledge that domestic violence is a punishable offence that people need protection from. This project will focus on the effect that abuse has on a victim and discuss the crucial issue as to whether the legislation achieves the aim of adequately protecting victims. Therefore, it will involve extensive research into the past and current law on domestic violence, the changes that have been made throughout history will be evaluated and particular focus will be made on the gaps in the law where victims have received no support and have no legal redress. This will lead to recommendations on areas in which the law could be improved and potentially reformed to ensure that a comprehensive system is in place that adequately protects all …show more content…
Therefore it is important that the law provides sufficient remedy’s and is implemented correctly so that victims feel confident that they can come forward with their information. Over time numerous criticisms have arose in relation to the law, In the 18th century violence within the home was a typical occurrence in everyday life this was because at the time the general consensus was that wife beating was acceptable conduct. The rule of thumb in 1857 gave a man legal entitlement to beat his wife providing he used a stick that was no thicker than his thumb and it was for the purpose of remedying her behaviour. The law of coverture in 1860 confirmed this principle, that within a marriage the husband would be allowed to use physical and verbal abuse as a way of controlling his wife 's

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