Domestic Violence 2
Domestic Violence Legislative Action Domestic violence is the abuse of one partner by another partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence occurs to women in most cases bur the women can be from any socioeconomic background. Traditionally domestic violence was considered a family matter and the police rarely intervened. While they may respond to the scene of a domestic violence situation they would either instruct the abuser to quit their behavior or request they leave the home until they cooled down. Beating your wife or intimate partner was never cause for arrest despite the fact assault was illegal. Domestic abuse is a serious problem in the United States and across the globe. Based on research conducted by the Family Violence Prevention Fund found over 30 percent of citizens have witnessed domestic abuse and this type o abuse is the leading cause of death for women. Four million people are abused every year and according to the FBI a woman in America is abused every nine seconds (LCB, 2012). Domestic abuse becomes a cycle in family when children learn the behavior by observing the behavior in their home environment. Four women die every day due to domestic abuse and 95% of the victims of domestic abuse are women. Since police would do nothing to intervene and assist the victim of domestic abuse it required a federal legislative response to ensure police would arrest the criminal offender responsible for physically or sexually assaulting their domestic partner. Despite the development of the
women’s movement in the 1970’s and the support of special interests groups it was not until the 1990’s before any comprehensive federal law was created
to assist the victims of domestic violence. Until
the 1990’s the domestic ab
use victim was helpless to stop the domestic abuse and the only option was to stay or go into hiding.