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Domestic Violence towards women is a problem in the United Statesthat is usually over looked and almost always not noticed by Societytoday Violence is defined by the Riverside Websters Dictionary p755as 1 Physical force employed so as to damage or injure 2 As aninstance of violent action If this is the case than why is it that somany women are beaten by loved ones each year and little or nothing isdone to correct this violent and hostile situation In this paper I willattempt to answer this question along will a slue of others which pl aqueThe battered women is pictured by most people as a small fragilehaggard person who might once have been pretty She has several smallchildren no job skills and is economically dependent on her husband Itis frequently assumed that she is poor and from a minority group She is accustomed to living in violence and herfearfulness and passivity are emphasized above all Although some batteredwomen do fit this description research proves it to be falsestereotypeWalker p18 In fact most batte red women have highlylucrative jobs such as doctors or lawyers Corporation executives andnurses Most are heavy set women whose assets are controlled by therehusbands and cannot defend themselves physically Battered women are foundin all racial rel igious and ethical backgrounds as well as age groupsand educational levels Who are battered women If you are a womenthere is a 50 percent chance it could be youWalker p19Statistical data on battered women is difficult to find becausemost records are buried in medical records domestic disturbance calls tothe police or the records of social service agencies During my researchI found that characteristics in numerous c ategories for both the battererand battered were the same Here is a list of those categories that werethe same or in a similar fashion the same for both individuals Commonlyshared characteristics between Battered and Batterer 1 Has lowself-esteem 2 Believes all myths about battering relationships 3 Is atraditionalist about the
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