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An American football hero racing on the freeway in a white Ford Bronco finally stopping in front of his luxurious home Six years or more ago this scenario would have sounded like a clever advertisement campaign Replay the same scenario from 1994 forward and almost all Americans will vividly recall the death of Nicole Simpson and her ex-husband 0J Simpson fleeing the police with a gun to his head This single event thrust the serious and deadly topic of domestic violence awareness into the spotlight of the worldThere are numerous dynamics that make up the deviant nature of domestic violence I will summarize five articles that discuss some of the aspects of domestic violence and some of the ways society in the United States combats itAlthough domestic violence touches all walks of life government and academic studies consistently demonstrate that the majority of victims in heterosexual relationships are female and that batterers in heterosexual relationships are overwhelmingly male Bureau of Justice Statistics 1997 Battering also occurs in lesbian and gay relationships and the use of gender specific language should not be construed to mean that domestic violence exists only in heterosexual relationships Victims may be doctors business professionals scientists or judges among others Perpetrators may be police officers sports heroes CEOs or college professors Unlike victims perpetrators do have at least two common traits -- the majority of perpetrators 1 witnessed domestic violence in their family and 2 are male Hotaling Sugarman 1986 Stratus 1980There are many other staggering statistics pertaining to domestic violence too many to list them all a woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States Domestic violence is the most under reported crime in the country with the actual incidence 10 times higher than is reported By the most conservative estimate each year 1 million women suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate partnerNearly one in three adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner during
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