Gender inequality is a social justice issue that is prominent in several societies as it is a direct reflection of the systematic power distribution amongst the two binary genders. This form of inequality is reflected through a set of adverse behaviours projected from one individual to another, known as domestic violence. Individuals perform the identities that is associated with their gender role because it is what is culturally acceptable within their given society. Judith Butler’s theory of ‘Gender as a Performance’ depicts that the practices that individuals repeat and perform assure the elements that an identity is composed of. This theory is an embodiment of domestic violence as it establishes the inequality amongst the different genders, by allowing the male to perform his dominance, causing the female to feel inferior to this. Domestic violence is a representation of Judith Butler’s ‘Gender as a Performance’ theory because it embodies the structured power relation amongst genders and how this power influences both individuals involved. The act of domestic violence in heterosexual relationships adversely enforces the identities in which males and females categorize themselves into, based on their gender performance. Domestic violence can be defined as a series of behaviours which are used to assert control over a partner in an intimate relationship (McFeely, Lombard, Burman, Whiting, & McGowan, 2013). Domestic violence is a universally known phenomenon that impacts
Long before domestic violence became a topic of public discussion in America, Tennessee Williams published his play. He knew the subject of domestic violence first hand, having observed spousal abuse in his family. His brother points out that his father would frequently return home angry and fly into a rage into Edwina his mother, as well as beating her violently during another drunken outburst ( Bloom 51 ). Accordingly, Williams tends to write this play in order to debate a crucial issue which is men’s violence against women.
This article talks about feminist theory. It not only addresses the difference in male and female violence, but also how there really isn’t an explanation for the rises in female juvenile violence, and how that many of these explanations going around, in society, are driven by an anti-feminist philosophy. Feminist theory is the extension of feminism. It focuses on evaluating the means of gender inequality. Some things explored in feminism include objectification, stereotyping, and discrimination.
Although Cherie’s volatile relationship has not erupted into physical violence, Tyrone’s threatening behavior could easily escalate from controlling and intimidating behavior to outright domestic violence, which adds another crisis component to this case. As previously mentioned, Cherie revealed that Tyrone belittles and controls her. She also said Tyrone acts excessively jealous, limits her telephone usage and access to money and credit cards. These characteristics are often mentioned when women in domestic violence shelters describe their mate (James & Gilliland, 2013, p.302).
In this article written by Femenista Jones in Time magazine, she presents the issue of the disproportionate amount of domestic violence (DV) within Black culture compared to white culture. Being a Black woman, Ms. Jones uses her unique perspective from which to discuss this issue. The focus of her article presents a comprehensive look at the root causes of male-on-female intimate partner violence (IPV) within the Black community in the United States. In her short piece, she masterfully presents the topic and reinforces her conclusions with logical and rational theories. Being limited in space, she is not able to elaborate in depth upon many ideas.
Throughout, the years domestic violence was viewed as a family affair, and should only concern the family, but slowly laws have been passed to insure the safety of people that may fall victim. The United States followed after the European life-style of allowing men to beat their wife, and at the time referred as “men’s violence against their wife”. In the academic journal Legal Advocacy Against Domestic Violence by Barbara J. Hart she mentioned “In 1824 the Mississippi Supreme Court in Bradley v. State voiced approval of the husband's role as disciplinarian and stated its belief that the law should not disturb that role”(pg.3). As a result, numerous homes were open to domestic violence since it was viewed as a way to correct your wife of her wrong doings. Although, there was a solution at the time
The official statistics can be used to educate about the prevalence and immorality of committing domestic abuse crimes. As the message continues to resonate through society that violence is unacceptable, younger generations are more likely to mature without considering physical abuse as an option to relieve anger. (Mouzos and Makkai, 2004) Men who supported gender equality showed far lower levels of violence than those who believed in the ‘traditional gender roles’. Likewise, women who were more ‘traditional’ were also less likely to report incidents of domestic violence.
The Glass Castle Scenes In the memoir The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls, there have been a number of scenes in which contain violence and domestic violence. These scenes are mainly involving Jennette's father Rex Walls. Rex is an alcoholic and often becomes aggressive with his family and mainly his wife, Rose Mary Walls. An early scene in the book was when the Walls family had fled from the authorities and were on the road, Rex and bought a bottle of tequila and drove while drunk.
Domestic violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women in Australia. Estimates from crime victimization surveys have suggested that every year over 240,000 Australian adult women are physically assaulted and almost one-third of these assault victims have been physically assaulted by a current or previous partner (ABS 2006, social
Domestic violence is any form of violence against an individual which could be in a form of physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, sexual assault or harassment (Litten, 2014). For clarification purposes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2012) refers to Domestic violence (DV) as Intimate partner violence (IPV) to specify that the definition should be used to refer to violence by one member of a couple against his/her partner. This means that elderly or child abuse that is in the same household is not included in the definition (McGarry, et al., 2014). For the purposes of this paper, DV and IPV will be used to refer to abuse or violence enacted by one intimate partner against the other partner. In the United States, DV
Men are supposed to be stronger than female abusers and perhaps like the reason most people don’t report any domestic violent crime, they are too embarrassed to tell anyone. “ According to one study, 63% of males as opposed to 15% of females had a deadly weapon used against them in a fight with an intimate partner” (Men: The overlooked Victims….1). Physical abuse is often associated with control and power over the victim and most often includes emotional and/ or psychological abuse within the
With the male figure typically holding the most power within the family unit, it is said that this power difference can sometimes lead to issues of domestic violence and abuse (Chibucos, Leite & Weis, 2005). Due to social norms and society, conflict theory tends to focus on the “traditional nuclear family” and one’s social roles placed upon mothers and fathers. Conflict theory suggests that any major changes to the family unit or family roles of the mother and father can cause chaos and cause intimate partner
Universally, domestic violence is referred to abusive behavior that is used by the intimate partner to control or power over the other intimate power. This can be in the forms of psychological, sexual, economic or emotional threats or actions that will influence your partner (Kindschi,2013).Domestic violence studies provides that psychopathology, which happens when in violent environment in child development can make the argument of domestic violence progress of being a generational legacy (Kindschi,2013).I chose to write about the Feminist Theory to explain why people commit domestic violence. It believes that the root causes of domestic violence is the outcome of living in a society that condones aggressive behavior by men, while women
Many women are experiencing controlling and violent environment which should be about intimacy, love and care. In relation to this social justice issue, domestic violence all these theories can be applied effectively to assist in a practitioner’s work. Psychodynamic is a micro leveled practice involving more individualized work investigating the user’s unconscious behaviors and mental processors. Systems theory focuses on keeping a balanced equilibrium with marriage counselling and other forms of community assistance to help the user adapt to their environment. The critical perspective, feminist theory, works alongside the user in order to help identify social injustices and assists to empower and educate them.
Intimate Partner Violence: A Methodological Analysis Intimate partner violence occurs when either verbal, physical, or sexual violence is used by one or both partners in a relationship, such as dating, co-habitation, engaged, or married. The methodology used to obtain information about intimate partner violence is important because of how prevalent is in society, so obtaining accurate information is key to reducing it. This paper methodologically analyzes how cross-sectional and longitudinal data analysis are used to better understand intimate partner violence. Cross-sectional method