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Domestic Violence In A Culture

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Understanding the cycle of violence
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Domestic Violence In A Culture

Volume 5, Issue 5, January 24, 2014

Throughout the centuries people of color and women most of all are the most subjected groups, cultures, and races to be victims of domestic violence or civil harrassment. Why is it a part of the human development and condition in our cultures to be the most prominent victim of this violence? Before we attempt to answer or develop an answer to this question, let’s look at some of the statistics and factual information so that we can look at the issues of Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment more openly to get to the root causes.

So exactly what is domestic violence? The definition according to the NCADV is a willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.

What is civil harrassment? According to Encyclopedia: Civil Harrassment is a person harrassing, stalking, threatening or developing a intent to assault another.

In the United States there are an estimated 1.3 million women in the United States that report to authorities that they were victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Of those who report being victims of crime or domestic violence who have children were or may have been witnesses to their parents being assaulted at one time in their lifetime. It is a well-known fact that witnesses to violent crime sometimes become a perpetrator in their lifetime and become a next generation of abusers, transferring the witness cycle to a perpetrator cycle.

In addition to the fact that children witness abuse between their parents, sometimes children become victims of the perpetrator who is causing the abuse in the household at a rate of 30 to 60 percent of U.S. households according to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence ( (National).pdf).

The most revealing of Domestic Violence is that many cases are not reported to police and the numbers of unreported cases will put the figure of reported cases each year of 1.3 million over the top in cases of domestic violence.

Of the statistics above almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner. The economic impact of the violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year in direct medical and mental health costs, not including millions of monies lost in earnings and wages lost due to violence.




The cycle of violence is a telltale sign of what could have occurred generationally for the onset of domestic violence and civil harassment. Power and Control are at the core of the cycle and it is passed on generationally through the ages by our ancestors. Initially, the male of our species were the privileged to have control and power in all states of affairs. They were the ones to make the decisions and controlled the lives of everyone in the household, some of this still continues today. Most households are reliant on the male of the human species to be the bread winner and the one who carries the household.

This is where the power and control issues of the household quickly arise in determining root causes of the cycles of violence. When I was an advocate I would assist victims of domestic violence and the reasoning of some of these victims was disturbing because they somehow could not tear themselves away from continuing to be the victims of violence. The most prominent reason for staying with their abusers was because of money and the fact it was their spouse who is or was the wage earner and they did not want to live in poverty or on the welfare rolls.

A secondary reason that victims would not leave their abusers is that they did not want to tear apart their family composition in the household or leave their partner.

When dominance is prominent by the male of our species we could link that the culture is abusive toward women in the culture. It is one of the links that we carry with us generation to generation as well as, racial divide and perspective on racial issues. So can it be attributed as an imperialistic view or capitalistic view on what was developed? My guess would have to be yes. As we discussed in previous series of “Growing up Latina” and “Oxygen Kills Cancer/Historical Lineage” series (

So what can we safely say is an imperialistic view or perception? What is Imperialism? Imperialism is defined as an unequal human and territorial relationship, ususally in the form of an empire, based on ideas of superiority and practices of dominance, and involving the extension of authority and control of one state or people over another.

So what about the capitalistic view or perspective? Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy.

So we can see by looking at both definitions our cultures and generations have been fused with both of these views or perspectives generationally. The fusion of slavery in our history and the control issues of empirical states.

So what is empirical? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it is originating in or based on observation or experience. It is essentially the knowledge of something. A belief or truth in knowledge.

The most dominant culture in the world with the most reported cases of domestic violence is India with 70% of women who are victims of domestic violence according to the Renuka Chowdhury and National Crime Records Bureau. According to a Huffington Post article on March 8, 2013, South Africa is rated highest in the World to have violence against women (

What type of actions or preventative measures could we take to prevent domestic violence or civil harassment?

To start and prevent the cycle of violence in the home is something we need to take into account is in the same household. We could teach our children not to strike or verbally abuse one another in the household or outside the household. This will assist in preventing bullying in and outside of the home as well, But what about the adults in the home or outside of the home? A good place for an adult to start the process of eliminating the cycle of violence is to get help in his or her local community center. A positive step in eliminating and changing the perpetrators current situation is to change the social environment with positive mentors or people that the perpetrator observes and can adapt to new and positive environments. Of course, whenever a victim it does need to be reported and the police can also help in giving you information related to domestic violence prevention and help. We are our own best friend, and we must try our best to step up to changing our environments one at a time.


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