Violence Victims Throughout history many women have been victims of domestic violence. Society considered men to be superior to women because men were always in power economically, legally, and religiously. This gave men the attitude that women were inferior to them. Men harm their wives by beating them physically and abusing them emotionally. Many of these women did not report the abuse that they got from their spouses and families because they thought that no one would believe them.

By becoming informed with the causes, effects, and treatments of domestic violence towards women in the United States, we can then contain the damages that are done to women or at least get the message across to other women that there is help to overcome this tragic display of affection. Domestic violence is defined broadly as violent acts carried out by persons in a marital, sexual, parental, or care-giving role toward others in reciprocal roles. Spousal abuse may apply to couples engaged in a sexual relationship outside of marriage. And child abuse may be penetrated by parents, siblings, step-parents, or live-in boyfriends or girlfriends of the abused child`s parent (Rosen 3). Battered women are defined as women that have been Victora 2 physically or emotionally abused by their husbands or families.

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These women suffer from many different types of domestic violence but the cause is just one abuse. Abuse happens to many women but most of the time it is not reported to the police. Abuse is an underreported crime, it is underreported for two reasons: a) it occurs in the privacy of one`s home where there are typically no witnesses aside from family member`s to detect and report it and b) though violence is by no means restricted to the lower classes, middle- and upper class violence is likely to go unreported to the police (Stets 3). Why it is not reported to the police could be the result of the emotions that are building up inside the victim`s head. These women feel apprehensive in reporting the abuse because they are scared of what the abuser will do to them. They were afraid because if he found out that they called the police he might hurt them or their children even more than he already did.

The lower class violence is usually reported because they deal with social services more often than the middle and upper classes do. They are more educated in knowing that public social control agencies can help them get through the abuse. The middle and upper classes do not usually report these acts of violence because they probably can afford a psychiatrists or a marriage counselor. Abusive behavior begins in cycles and not everyday occurrences. This abusive cycle is called the battering cycle and it contains three phases. The first phase is the tension-building phase, the second phase is the explosion or acute 3 battering incident phase, and the third phase is the calm, loving phase.

The first phase is when the woman notices the man building tension and becoming very edgy which causes minor violent episodes. Then the second phase begins when that tension builds up higher and the man explodes in anger or in a blind rage that revolves into a severe violent incident. And the third and final phase is when the man apologizes and tries to win the woman back by showering her with gifts. The abuse that women obtain towards them can be experienced with various types of violence. Those types of violence can be anything from a minor push or shove to something major such as threatening with a weapon. In the past, spousal abuse has been treated as a fairly simple set of violent behaviors. The five most common types of domestic or spousal violence are: 1) when a woman is thrown against an object, 2) when she is hit with the man`s open hand or fist, 3) when she is pushed or shaken roughly, 4) when she is hit with an object and the 5) and most deadly of all is when a woman is threatened with a weapon (Rhodes 32).

The causes of domestic violence towards women in the United States are many but the best known and lucid are the male gender attitudes of being number one. Men have the idea that women are worthless and inferior to them. This concept degenerates women to a lower class or form of life that can not allow men to see women as their equals. According to Violence Hits Home, Karen Rosen reported that men who abuse their spouses tend to have more 4 traditional gender-role orientation than do non-batterers. She also suggests those abusive men tend to be more controlling, dominating, and aggressive in order to get their needs met (85).

These men also believe that their abuse will help them to maintain power in their families. Rosen also found out that witnessing marital violence as a child was consistently related to abuse in adult relationships in other words Being a member of a violent family is how each generation learns to be violent ( 85 ). When a child is exposed to everyday acts of domestic violence then that child is brought up to believe that domestic violence is acceptable and can be done to their own spouses. Some men also abuse their wives in an act of jealousy, anger, and aggression or poor impulse control. Men usually tend to abuse women more often when the women involved are not their wives. Batterers are more likely to be violent in non-family situations than men that are married and do not batter their wives. According to Sandra Stith, a researcher of the causes for domestic violence, Abusers were more likely than non-abusers to believe that wife-beating is not only justified but acceptable ( 86 ).

This belief that violence is justified to maintain power may explain why men may choose not to control their anger and frustrations. In an abusive man`s eyes violence is not only justified but also acceptable.


Violence Enjoying Violence There are many different views on how violent films and music affect people. Personally, I believe violent films and music do not affect people, but some studies show they do. There are also various reasons why people want to see violent films, and why artists and producers continue to produce violent films and music. From the article Film Violence and Subsequent Aggressive Tendencies, they write that even in the 1920s and 1930s people were affected by watching and reading things containing violent behavior. The authors write that media violence induces crime and juvenile delinquency.

Through their experiments, when a film is being watched, the emotional state of the audience plays a big role. When preschoolers watched the aggressive behavior of adults in a movie, they later reacted to mild frustrations. Violence in films does not just affect youngsters, but people of all ages. In the same study Lovaas and Walters experimented with the same idea. Their final conclusion was that, stimuli presented on the movie screen can arouse previously learned aggressiveness habits, producing overtly hostile behavior.

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As you can see through these experiments, people can and sometimes do react to violence in films. Most often, however, people do not react to the violence in films and music. People who have been raised properly and who have word structure will most likely not react to the violence that is put out there on films and in music. On the other hand, if you were raised in a violent situation with faltering vocal structure, violence could majorly affect you. Aggression is normal in all of us.

But when aggression turns into violence, the people behind the violence are probably troubled already. The hit single, C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me), by hip-hop artists Wu-Tang Clan, best describes why people make violent films and music; its the 4 money says Danyel Smith, Tough Talk on Entertainment. Rappers rap about shooting people and gunfire in songs. Films show people being shot to death.

Do you really think the listeners and viewers are going to go out and shoot someone or something? The producers are all about making money too. In the article Tough Talk on Entertainment, rapper Ice Cube summed it up in an interview. His work is for young people and if his audience wanted something else he would give it to them. These people are about making money and by doing that they have to produce things that people want. I guess violence is in right now. When films and songs show violence or have violent lyrics, I believe that this is quality.

Violence in the media, in this case films and music, does not cause violence, but merely reflects the truth of the society we live in. Any reasonable person can see that only disturbed people are the ones reacting and this is why we have all the violence we do. So why is there so much violence in the media? There are many reasons why people enjoy going to violent films. From Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King writes, to show that we can and that we are not afraid. Another reason is to re-establish our feelings of essential normality. We also go for fun.

This fun, in a twisted way, we get when we see others threatened, sometimes even killed. Basically, horror and violent films appeal to all that is the worst in us. People enjoy the suspense and the reaction of others. Many reasons come to mind why I go to see violent films, but Stephen King sums it up in his article, If we share a brotherhood of man, then we also share an insanity of man. I realize that violence in films and music can affect people.

I thinks that if people blame films and music on their actions, they are ignorant. Yes, you may get ideas in your head, but if you act upon those ideas then you must be mentally ill. The producers and artists do it for one main reason, the money. If people didnt enjoy violent films and 4 music, then why is there such a high demand for it? *Final Note As I stated earlier I do not believe that violence in the media has a impact on the violence in society. When people blame song lyrics and movies on their actions, I do not believe them. Their minds were already disturbed, they just finally decided to go and create the violence.

If we are trying to stop all the violence that is going on, we should do it by harsher punishment, not by taking away what people enjoy watching and listening to. This paper was a little on the tough side for me. I did not agree on what most of the articles were writing about, so therefore I do not have many facts to support my opinions on the subject. We need to stop focusing on the fake violence and start dealing with the reality of violence. Social Issues.


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