Domestic Violence Essay
Let us begin by first defining what abuse is: abuse is the use or threat to use physical, sexual, or verbal behavior to coerce the partner to do something one wants; to degrade or …show more content…
· The modification for statewide certification standards for batterer intervention programs.
· The publication of the Family Violence Prevention Guide (History of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, 2001)
Domestic violence has been a priority for Cellucci since he and Weld declared a state of emergency in March, 1992 in response to the rising epidemic of domestic violence. The Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence was established, with a full-time Executive Director, to monitor domestic violence initiatives (M. Laffan & M. Hogan, 1998).
Most abusive partners are between 26-35 years of age with a substantial number falling between the 36-50 year category. Since most abusive partners are between 26-35 years of age, their relationship with their partner most likely began during late adolescence or early adulthood. Most abuse occurs during the first 15 years of partnership. Over 80% of abusive partners have a positive history of childhood abuse or have witnessed abuse against their own mothers. About 35% of abusive partners have alcoholic problems with only 10% of them in treatment programs (Journal of the American Medical Association June, 1992). Systematic research investigating marital violence began in the 1970’s and, by the