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The family is a fundamental unit encompassing the human society in which it is partnered What then happens when this vital support unit is overwhelmed by domestic violence In this essay I will try to point out to you the issues of family violence from a feminist point of view and how power and inequality are features of this perception To describe this in a feminist way we have to understand the meaning of feminism Feminism is described as a social movement which aims to improve womens rights A doctrine originating in the late eighteenth century suggests that women are systematically disadvantaged in modern society and advocates equal opportunities for men and women Abercrombie Hill Turner 1984 pg 131 Domestic violence describes a situation where one partner in a relationship is using violent and abusive behaviours in order to dominate and control the other partner So in a family environment the issues of power and inequality are of great importance Figures have stated that in 95 of all domestic assaults observe that men are committing these transgressions against women The term patriarchy here is of consequence the term patriarchy is used to describe the dominance of men over women Patriarchy is essentially based on the household in which men dominate women economically sexually and culturally Abercrombie Hill Turner 1984 pg 258 Men use their dominance in various forms physical assault being the most common they also use other types of violence which include psychological and social abuse Examples of physical abuse with the objective to injure is varied from slapping punching and weapon use Psychological Abuse includes emotional and verbal abuse with aggressiveintimidatory behaviours Social abuse includes purposeful isolation regular supervision and cutting her of from support networks family and friends Financial abuse is when the abusive man partner controls the womans access to money to obtain his position of power over her Note the relevance of the word power man himself is indeed
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