The Domestic Violence Issue

By:Tyrell Smith

domestic violence

is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Intimate partner violence is domestic violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner.

Why men and women beat up each other

  • 95% of domestic violence is reported by women – perpetrated against by their male partner.
  • When men are battered it is typically by their male intimate partner … battering occurs in gay and lesbian relationships at the same rate as heterosexual relationships – approximately 35%.
  • 80% of all violent crimes committed outside the home are committed by males … it is highly unlikely that women, generally peaceful and non-violent, would make up half of partner violence.

Why domestic violence an issue

Every time the police fail to charge an abuser, every time a case is dropped by the crown prosecution service, every time we turn a blind eye to our neighbor's bruises, we make it easier for the abuser to get away with it. We must remember that domestic violence is a serious crime which should be treated as such. It should be at least as unacceptable as drink-driving.The last few years have seen an increase in the government's efforts to tackle abuse. A number of guidelines have been published, research has been commissioned, awareness is being raised.