Domestic Violence Essay

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There is no question that domestic violence directed against women is a serious problem. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop has called it women’s number-one health problem. The statistics reported in the popular press are staggering: Nearly one third of women in hospital emergency departments are there due to domestic violence, three out of four female homicide victims are killed by their husbands or lovers, and 6 million women are victims of abuse by people they know each year (Journal of the American Medical Association June, 1992).

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
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· The publication of Safely Toward Self-Sufficiency, a report addressing the impact of victims of domestic violence receiving transitional assistance.
· 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

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