Violence should be viewed as a social problem for everyone in our society

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Violence should be viewed as a social problem for everyone in our society

Kerby Anderson

Share via Email Domestic violence is a complex issue which affects every one of us. With one woman in four physically abused by her partner at some point in her life, the likelihood is we all know someone who lives with the terrifying threat of abuse.

Domestic violence - physical or emotional abuse - reaches every corner of our society.

Violence should be viewed as a social problem for everyone in our society

It does not respect class, race, religion, culture or wealth. A working class mother on a run-down estate is just as likely to be abused as a professional woman used to managing teams of staff and making million-pound decisions. Overwhelmingly domestic violence is experienced by women and the perpetrator is male.

Yet although in the vast majority of cases it is male to female, we should recognise that men, children and the elderly can be abused, and that domestic violence also occurs in gay and lesbian relationships.

The cost to society is staggering. And then there are the lost days at work, the increase in truancy levels, the rise in juvenile crime. Confusion over the causes of domestic violence only serves to divert attention from the severity of the problem. The myths abound but the reality is that domestic violence is not caused by alcohol, drugs, unemployment or stress.

It is the result of a complex interplay of psychological and social factors which have created an imbalance of power between the sexes. Where there is an imbalance of power, it may be abused, and it is this, coupled with society's tolerance, which has allowed domestic violence to flourish.

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Every time the police fail to charge an abuser, every time a case is dropped by the crown prosecution service, every time we turn a blind eye to our neighbour's bruises, we make it easier for the abuser to get away with it.

We must remember that domestic violence is a serious crime which should be treated as such. It should be at least as unacceptable as drink-driving. The last few years have seen an increase in the government's efforts to tackle abuse.

A number of guidelines have been published, research has been commissioned, awareness is being raised. Yet this can only ever be a first step and the danger is that it will not translate into action.

Any effective response to domestic violence has to take the form of a truly integrated central strategy which crosses government departments, the police, health and housing departments and every agency which can play a key role in tackling the problem.

To date the response to domestic violence has been piecemeal and patchy. The key element to achieving a consistent approach is funding.

Domestic violence is an issue which has been woefully under-funded for decades and there is still a reliance on the voluntary sector to provide vital, life-saving services. With a domestic violence incident occurring every six to 20 seconds in the UK, it is in all our interests to seek effective, long-lasting solutions.

Refuge's hour national domestic violence helpline is on Topics.A social problem is a situation that at least some people in the society perceive as undesirable.

Crime is analyzed from a social Crime is a social problem because it is undesirable to the society. Our society needs both more personal responsibility and broader social responsibility to overcome the plague of violence in our land and the lack of peace in our hearts. Finally, we must realize that peace is most fundamentally a gift from God.

Social issues are those which affect the human society as a whole. These issues are pertaining human behavior, including government policies, religious conflicts, gender inequalities, economic disparities, etc.

The Media and Social Problems audiences throughout the world and in turn themselves have become a social problem in view of their multiple and complex effects, many negative. The media have been blamed by response to growing violence in society and more permissive public media that increased.

Violent homes, violence on television, violence in the movies, violence in the schools all contribute to the increasingly violent society we live in. We have a responsibility to make a difference and apply the appropriate principles in order to help stem the tide of violence in our society. A social problem is a situation that at least some people in the society perceive as undesirable.

Crime is analyzed from a social Crime is a social problem because it is undesirable to the society.

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