Domestic Violence is a serious crime in which one person in a household beats/abuses another. Domestic violence is usually seen in Partners or lovers. Many people are abuse today- 57% of girls have said they’ve been a victim of this abuse, and 38% of boys have reported they’ve been victims (Watson, Cascardi, Avery-Leaf, & O’Leary, 2001). As you can see, Domestic Violence is actually rather common, and dangerous. Women between the ages of 16-24 have had the largest amount of reports of domestic violence (Bennett & Fineran, 1998; Greenfield et al., 1998). And the shocking part is that teenage Abuse is rarely seen in a juvenile court of law, unlike adult abuse. (Buel, 2003). Abuse can be seen in many ways, 47% found it as an expression of rage ( Roscoe and Callahan; 1985), 47% was thought to be confusion, 35% thought it was an expression of love, 12% thought it was an expression of sadness, while 6% said it was an expression of hate. ( Roscoe and Callahan; 1985). A study has shown that men are 3x more likely to invoke violence then woman to show intimidation ( Sugarman and Hotaling; 1989). As domestic violence grows, it also grows in the teenage field, but only 3% of abused teens will actually tell an adult (Sousa, 1999). In the late 19th century, many women were ALSO abused, like today. Women got support in the mid and late 19th century- like Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Pleck, 1987). Many abandoned this problem on other issues to reform and include women’s right to vote (Hanmer, Radford, & Stanko, 1989). It was seen again in the 1970’s, when rape victims were given support by the feminists in the Women’s Liberation Movement. The victims began to talk about what had happened, as it turned out, domestic violence isn’…
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