The Problem of Domestic Violence Essay

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The Problem of Domestic Violence

A problem has become known and to many, they feel that it's about time that the general public has taken notice. This problem has been a taboo for centuries and in the mid nineties it has chosen to let itself be known, the problem that I am talking about is domestic violence, it has ruined families, and demoralized the victims for years and now because of the "trial of the century" we finally are allowed to discuss it in detail, without fear of reprisal, now we get to familiarize ourselves with it and eventually after we get to know all about it we can, through treatment, get rid of it. In this paper, I will discuss problems with the so called epidemic of domestic violence. This entire paper will be
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for B.) in 1980, this theory gives us an understanding as to why a woman who is being systemically beaten by her husband or boyfriend does not leave the relationship right away or ever. The theory that Dr. walker came up with has three stages, one "the tension building stage" (Domestic V.), this stage consists of allot of minor verbal altercations and the next stage, "the acute battering incident" (Domestic V.) stage is just an escalation of stage one, it becomes more physical and most often "the abusers cannot stop even if the woman is severally injured" (Domestic V. for B.) and finally the "love contribution stage" (Domestic V.) or the "honeymoon period" (Domestic V.), this is the stage that inevitably causes the woman to stay in the relationship, in this stage the "abuser becomes at once charming, loving ... willing to do anything to be forgiven" (Domestic V.); some speculate that "sometimes women want to get to the honeymoon period so badly that they 'provoke' the violent episode" (Domestic V. for B.). It is mainly because of this stage, the "love contribution stage", that police and prosecutors had such a hard time getting abusers locked up, the mistreated, more often than not, believed the abusers and eventually decide to give them another chance. The before mentioned cycle is one part of the "battered women syndrome", the other part of Dr. Lenor Walker's theory