Domestic Violence and Culture

Jun 29th, 2015
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In 3 – 5 pages, identify and describe the major problems of domestic violence by comparing present-day American society to that of at least 2 other cultures. Major points should be clearly stated and well supported with facts, details, and evidence

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Domestic Violence and CultureNameClassDateProfessorDomestic Violence and Culture Domestic violence in America is extremely prevalent even with the many changes that occurred in society concerning the rights of the domestic abuse victim, the response of the police and legislation penalizing this crime. In the past the domestic abuse victim received little or no aid form governmental officials and the police response was insufficient. While the issue of domestic abuse came to light in the Woman's movement of the 1970's governmental response was insufficient until the plights of these battered women was brought to the attention of society in the 1990's. By the 1990s, the law enforcement community started to view Domestic Violence as the serious problem that it really is and police protocol changed and arrest became "the preferred response" to Domestic Violence calls (Esfandiari, 2003). Instead of the police being afforded broad discretion in what to do in cases of domestic violence they must now arrest the abusers and in some states a dual arrest is required if both parties engage in the violence. Instead of ignoring the problem a new culture of punishing the offender and protecting the victim has emerged. In America many different social programs are in place to assist victims and domestic violence is no longer something that is considered a family issue and not a criminal justice problem. While this is the view of domestic violence in Am

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