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Marriage and Domestic Violence Family violence has existed since the conception of the family unit Women for hundreds of years were viewed as less than human property in place to serve at the pleasure of their husband Woman who grew up in homes where their mothers were beaten or hit accepted it as their role as wife and most often married men who also abused them Women in the early nineteen hundreds believed that being abused or used as a punching bag was just one of their duties as a wife Many women believed that they deserved to be hit they did something wrong and they needed physical punishment Men who grew up in homes where their fathers beat their mothers continued the abuse in their own marriages and in most cases also abused their children The history of spousal abuse dates back hundreds of years and has just recently been recognized as a serious problem There are many reasons why men abuse their wives and why wives allow themselves to be abused One contributing factor among men in domestic violence cases is alcohol andor substance abuse A man may come home from work after stopping at the bar for a few drinks and think that the house is not clean enough or the kids are too loud his only solution in his drunken stooper is to beat his wife Women who may have grown up in this type of environment marry into it and accept it from their own husbands They believe that its their husbands way of showing he loves them Women such as these suffer from low self-esteem no job and no friends Up until recently the descriptions above were socially accepted as the mans way of keeping his wife in line Today with womens newly found independence higher education and employment opportunities domestic abuse has decreased dramatically because it is not considered socially acceptable Women are encouraged to speak
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