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NCJ Number: 161747 Find in a Library
Title: Naming the Violence: Destroying the Myth
Journal: Albany Law Review  Volume:58  Issue:4  Dated:(1995)  Pages:961-972
Author(s): K Burstein
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the conceptualization of domestic violence up to the present and suggests changes to the way society regards and deals with family abuse.
Abstract: In most discussions of family violence, the victims are women. However, they are not the only people abused. Domestic violence has its roots in power imbalances, and children, frail elderly, or others not totally in control of their economic fates can also be victims. But, the solution to domestic violence is not simply a matter of reordering power. Society appears attracted to violence in general, and we must acknowledge this addiction and its costs and take measures to overcome it. In addition, we must understand that individuals cannot overcome evil alone. Victims must know that they can receive help and society must provide that help. We do this when we write laws that allow battered women to stay in their homes with their children and require the batterer to pay a criminal penalty, compensate for damage done, and attend programs that may change behavior. We do this, also, when we teach children how to resolve disputes peaceably, when we all celebrate diversity, and take responsibility for ourselves. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Collective violence; Courts; Domestic assault; Domestic relations; Elder Abuse; Family offenses; Laws and Statutes; Socially approved violence; Spouse abuse statutes; Violence; Violence prevention
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