The cause & effect of the abuser and the abused:
I choose to do my final project on Domestic Violence; mostly on women/females but also pertaining to men and children. Violence is most common among females but is also high amongst children.
This is the information from my final project:
The official definition of Domestic Violence is: The acts of violence or abuse against a person living in one’s household, especially of one’s immediate family.
When you hear the word domestic violence, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
I used to in vision an abusive husband, mainly towards his wife, and the children are affected by the way he treats their mother and themselves. I get this image from movies and the media, go figure.
There are; however, many forms of domestic violence and abuse.
The Cycle of Violence demonstrates what an abuser does to the victim. Abusers normally become abusive from previous experiences that has happened in his/her life. Such as an abusive farther, was abused by his father. The pattern is normally not broken, since the abuser was raised with abuse, they will more then likely abuse.
When the abuse becomes apparent that the abuser does not care about the victim, and the power over the victim is more important.
Rhianna is a prime example of how women will go back to their abusers because they believe they “love” them and could not imagine there boyfriend/husband with another person. The victim keeps falling back into the trap of the “routine” of them apologizing, which reassures the victim that they really do love them.
Abusers will also become abusive if they are not confident, and believe their partner will leave them. This causes a possessive attitude and can cause an obsession feeling towards the victim.
Women , children and men will wear long sleeves , sweatshirts and long pants to cover their burses.
Most abusers will not hit in places that cannot be covered up, because they want the victim to be able to cover them.
The idea that victims have to wear clothes to cover their burses proves that they are ashamed to the abuser, which again gives them the “upper hand” and lets the abuser know they are the dominant one.
Each victim handles their abuse in a different way emotionally and also through their day to day life. Some become very private and ashamed of the situation.
Victims do not want people to know about their situation because it is embarrassing that this could be happening to them, so they stop talking to even their closest friends. They feel that if they do not communicate with their close friends and family, it will keep them safe.
I have never personally been exposed to physical abuse, but I have had family members exposed to such an act.
The outcome of such an act displayed on someone is traumatizing. The victim starts to believe that the abuse is actually because they did something wrong.
The individual can be the strongest person, that could say “this will never happen to me” but it can!
I believe that domestic violence, ties in with the class of gender and power, since a number of males believe they are higher then females, along with children. This is were domestic violence can come into play. The abuser feels the victim should be submissive to their needs and desires and without their consent, they become physical or emotionally abusive.
Domestic violence vs. Gender and Power plays a big role oh who is abused and who is the victim.
Most men are the abused, while women remain as the victim; however, there are some cases were women are the abusers, not only to their husbands, but to their children or family members.
Before I took the class Gender and Power, I believed that a number of men and women, will be abusive in many forms, to get their own way.
This class has proven to me that domestic violence is occurring all over the world.
The main issue proven from this class, and my previous thoughts is that gender around the world does play a role in one’s power. How each gender is supposed to achieve power, is very different for each person, being either male or female and in some cases transgender. This affects how one gains their power, from their gender.