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Examine some of the patterns and reasons for domestic violence in society.
The women’s aid federation define Domestic violence is a physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. It may involve partners, ex partners, household members or other relatives.
There are a variety of patterns and reasons for domestic violence it does not occur randomly, it follows social patterns and it has social causes. It is mainly men against women. For example Kathryn Coleman (2007) found that women were more likely than men to have experienced ‘intimate violence’ across all four types of abuse, partner abuse, family, sexual assault and stalking. However domestic violence is not only to women it is to men too but men are not treated with the same seriousness as a woman   if they reported domestic violence or told someone and they think they will get laughed at or looked as less of a man.
Similarly, Mirreels black found that most victims are women, 99% of all incidents against women are committed by men and nearly one in four have been assaulted by their partner in their life and one in 8 repeatedly. This was confirmed by Russel and Rebecca Dobash’s (1979) research in Scotland. Based on police and court record and interviews with women who were refuges and examples of it were wives being slapped, pushed about, beaten, raped and killed by husbands. Dobash and Dobash found that domestic violence happened when the wife challenges the man’s authority such as asking why they were late home. However this research is quite limited and they don’t understand the full extent of domestic violence due to people not reporting it. Stephanie yershire (1997) found on average 35 assaults occur before the women reports it; domestic violence it the least likely crime to be reported.
There are other patterns of domestic violence for example social class differences,...

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