Culture Of Violence Theory: The Causes Of Domestic Violence

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as, “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.”(NCADV 2015) Although there have been plenty of studies on domestic violence from a literary standpoint, domestic violence affects people in every community, despite of their age, race, religion, economic status, even their educational background. Domestic violence, which is often accompanied by emotional abuse and/or controlling behavior, is part of an organized pattern to have control and dominance over the victim. Consequences associated with domestic violence can vary from physical injury, psychological trauma,…show more content…
Along with these specific theories there are other external factors in the offenders environment that can contribute to the abuse such as: stress, society demands and drug and alcohol dependency. Abusers who perpetrate domestic violence, do so to control their victims, and in order to maintain that control they threaten the safety of the victim. Although there is no justification for their behavior, there are theories in which can help us to understand exactly why and what reasons drive these people to abuse the people they claim to “love.” Culture of Violence Theory The Culture of Violence Theory is the idea that in large societies, some subcultures have developed the norm of physical violence.…show more content…
From as long as we can remember, there has been a militaristic mindset, where we handle all foreign and domestic affairs with violence. The idea of using some sort of force to achieve an end-goal has been imbedded into our society for decades. Whether it be soldiers investing foreign lands and/or raping the women who inhabit it, or the senior on the football team, who uses his power and prestige to do and get away with whatever. Violence can be used as a means of control that occurs in patriarchal societies. Johnson (1997) states that, “what drives patriarchy as a system is a dynamic relationship between control and fear” (p.26). Men who are usually expected to hold control and ensure violence, mainly over women, as a means to obtain and maintain

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