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Abuse of Women By Their Partners The Past Present and Future Domestic violence has been an area that has been researched time and time again without an effective solution found The point of the following pages is to educate and inform the people who are not aware of the worldwide problem of violence against women The information provided in these next few sections is not going to give the solutions the world is looking for rather they will provide the information necessary for those of a more thorough experience and intellect than myself to conclude some sort of solution The extensive research done has shown increasingly severe problems in the area of abuse and when searching for a solution for the future the answer lies within the past and the present The Past Where the Problem Began As hard as this may be to believe our problem today stems from the early Roman society where a woman was considered a piece of property and completely under her husbands control If a man caught or even suspected his wife of participating in acts that put his honor or property rights in jeopardy he had the right by law to beat murder or divorce her wwwcjinetclerahtm The commonly used phrase rule of thumb refers to the Catholic Churchs Rules of Marriage in 15th century England which allowed a man to beat his wife upon her offense as long as the stick he used was no bigger than his thumb wwwcjinetclerahtm The manners in which the men maintained control over women began to dwindle in Britain around 1967 when a group of 500 women and children walked with a cow brought as a representation of their cause and to draw attention through town to support their views against violence toward women Dobash Dobash 1992 p25 Although the march did not get immediate results the idea became apparent Not long after the protests brought acknowledgement to Britain the
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