September 14, 2006

There are several good points made in this article. I don't personally agree with a few and I do agree with some, but over all it is something that should get us thinking. I definitely agree that Domestic Violence didn't just start, it's been around a very long time. It has just been in the last couple decades people are finally starting to talk about it and be aware of it outside their own homes. By finally giving these types of actions a name it is more likely society as a whole will start to notice it more and therefore see it as a problem and do something about it. Like the author states: "The law has certainly changed. Police departments are taking it more seriously," Muehlenhard said, "but that doesn't mean that it doesn't still happen."
We have some along way from what used to happen; before the 70's no one thought to call the police because it was personal issue or that's they marriage is, then throughout the 70's and 80's the police were called and would watch in most cases while the abuser did what they were doing but did nothing because the laws weren't in place for them to do anything. Back then it was thought that since they are married it is their business and if he can't control his wife any other way then good for him for doing something about her......It was a different story if the couple wasn't married because then the police would at least stop the abuser and arrest him for assault and battery.
Fast forward to today's society where married women are protected in every state by laws, and in the states where the Defense of Marriage Act has passed its the single women that aren't protected.

Now you tell me...Are we moving ahead or getting further behind?

Domestic violenceJohnson County Sun - Overland Park,KS,USA... Modern trouble with domestic violence may have roots buried in prehistoric times, said Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard, professor of psychology and women's studies ...

The Johnson County Sun


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