Domestic Violence Case Study

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Domestic Violence is a social problem in Hong Kong. In this essay, the definition and the section of domestic violence will be discussed. Also, the discussion of the most common type of domestic violence in Hong Kong is the preview of battering. Afterwards, a case study will be illustrated for explaining domestic violence in Hong Kong. Also, the Strain towards anomie theory will be used for explaining the risk factors. At last, feminist explanation will focus on the gender violence.

Domestic violence is a gender issue that primarily male-perpetrated. Domestic violence can be sectionalized into three parts: intimate terrorism, violent resistance and situational couple violence. The following content will discuss those parts respectively.
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The Survey Results on Frontline Human Service Professionals' Understanding and Attitudes Toward Family Violence in Hong Kong (2004) shows that police officers were the least likely to support for gender equality. For example, 21.4 percent of them thought that women and men should have the same freedom of movement in places; also, 17.3 percent of them endorsed that women should be allowed to work outside their home, besides taking care of their children and family. Moreover, 19.7 percent of police officers endorsed that wife abuse affected on the society seriously. In the table of endorsement of Wife Abuse Myths, 11 percent of police officers thought that most wife abuse incidents were isolated events. Reviewing onto the case of Tin Shui Wai Tragedy, those police officers who handled this case merely stopped the physical conflict between Madam JIN and Mr. LI with a settlement provision, rather than referred this domestic violence to Social Welfare Department, as well as followed this case strictly. Those tables reflect that the lack of police officers’ attitudes caused their…show more content…
Kaufman discussed that a boy internalizes a series of social norms based on gender. The masculinity caused a man exercising violence. In addition, the boy may not learn the gender role enough. Masculinity does not come along with the male biological reality, but as merely a social norms. The strain situation between maleness and masculinity is intense because masculinity demand for oppressing feelings, needs, and forms of expression. Violence is a way of expressing his masculinity. According to the strain towards anomie theory, men were taught that they are breadwinners. Thus, they have to reach this cultural by an institutional means. However, according the situation of the tragedy, Mr LI was hardly to achieve the cultural goal because of the bad living condition. For example, high in traffic budget leads men to work in Tin Shui Wai; however, there was not enough work positions for them. Thus, they cannot play the role, the breadwinner. Therefore, they may fall into masculinity crisis. Lastly, they express their masculinity and show their manipulation and regulation off by violence. At last, feminist views domestic violence as a physical or nonphysical means of controlling women, as well as a social matter that related to gender and power, which allocated social roles and positions. Thus, the power of men greater than women’s. As looking the domestic violence in Hong Kong, the social roles and
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