Domestic violence is a large social issue in the United States today. Domestic violence includes sibling abuse, elder abuse, spouse abuse, and child abuse. Domestic violence has many names; family violence, wife or child beating, and domestic abuse. Spouse abuse talks about abuse from a marital or a dating partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence is merely not just physical, but is any behavior that is intended to control another person through the use of verbal assaults.Domestic violence is a very important social issue because it has a large negative effect on the victims. Even though Domestic violence can be caused by either male or female it is usually caused by the male due to the large physical advantage. This essay will discuss the history of domestic violence, as well as explain the different types, and ways to prevent it.
The history of domestic violence goes back to the beginning of man. Ever since life was created, inferior people were always taken advantage of by the more dominant people in our society. Since men are stronger physically than women, the women were usually the inferior ones that were taken advantage of. Going back to Roman Times, if a wife was to ever cheat on her husband in the past, she could be sentenced to death. During the middle ages, the husband had every right to abuse his wife. If you look back to the 1960’s you will see that little was done to prevent or stop domestic violence. If the police were ever involved, they usually would leave it to be resolved by the family.
Even though many years had passed from the Roman Times and middle ages, wife beatings are still seen as acceptable by some groups in society but once the 1980’s came, a lot of different changes took place. If the police were called for help with domestic violence, they no longer ignored it. They would arrest and convict those who were guilty of domestic violence. If you look in today’s society, not much has changed.
Domestic violence today is very common in households, but little is being done to stop it. If you try to look at what causes domestic violence, you cannot pinpoint it to one specific problem. After researching various causes of domestic violence, one can conclude that it usually starts with a controlling personality to control another person. It can start off with verbal slander and turn into physical violence over time.
One major cause of domestic violence is stress. Things such as being unemployed, taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or having little money can cause a person a lot of stress, which can result in abuse. Also, in some cases, it can be due to the person being abused themselves in their childhood. Statistics show that many people who are abused in their childhood become abusers themselves. These are just some various factors that can cause domestic violence.
When domestic violence occurs there are different types of abuse that can take place. The first kind is called physical violence....