Sociological Theories Of Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence is often defined as the recurring pattern of behaviour in an intimate relationship that is used in order to control, maintain or gain power over a partner; this includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse (Davies 2008, p. 1; Department of social services 2015 & Australian Bureau of statistics 2013). The principal purpose of this essay is to offer a range of sociological explanation that justifies why domestic violence is happening. Social conflict and symbolic interactionism are the two theories that have been explored. The paper argues that micro level analysis offers a deeper understanding of the motivation behind domestic violence, compared to a macro level one. The study also contains recommendations that …show more content…

2013, p. 851; Lawson 2012, p. 579; Lawson 2012, p.572 & Conflict theory 2014) and symbolic interactionism theory (Handberg et al. 2015, p. 1023; Dennis & Martin 2005, p. 207; Benzies & Allen 2001, p.543 & Symbolic interactionism 2001).As domestic violence is defined as an issue relating to power and control, conflict theory justifies this by stating that conflicts arise in groups due to unequal power distribution where the powerful group aims at maintain their control over the others (Conflict theory 2014). The conflict theory is often used in the study of inequality in a variety of areas for example gender, sexuality, race (Conflict theory 2014 & Furze et al. 2014, p. 11). It also suggests that by eliminating the privileges of the powerful population, welfare of all humans will increase (Furze et al. 2014, p. …show more content…

416 & Davies 2008,p. 257). Another important aspect of domestic violence that lacks attention is its dynamics thus there needs to be more training as all levels of the education system as this is where most of the socialisation peaks, as education is a proactive way of reducing risk rather than arresting which is reactive ( Davies 2008,

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