(CJ416) Week5 Assignment: Victim Defending and Victim Blaming
Domestic violence and other similarly relatable relationship qualms/symptoms indicative of an insensible and abusive union is not a portent that is discriminatory against any one particular type of relationship; “Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.” (Creative Communications Group, 2009)
Appreciative that the very definition of domestic violence is one that encompasses both physical and emotional abuse by a spouse or significant other, it still considerably begs the question of why it would be so hard for a domestic violence victim to just leave and find another significant other that appreciates, respects, and treats them with the love and care they deserve to be treated with; there are many prominent reasons as to why this seemingly simplistic answer to a horrible situation is quite contrary to simple, and for many can be the only thing that keeps them going; coupled of course with the thought and/or ideation that there is no person better for them than their abuser.
To best cognize this relationship abnormality, we must first specifically identify all aspects of the relationship and the mental functional ability of both the abuser and the victim(s) in these types of situations. The most imperative distinction in which should be made is the differences between criminal domestic violence and non-criminal forms of domestic violence as seen in the eyes of the law. In order of relative simplicity, we can further our understanding of non-criminal forms of domestic violence being those of emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. Despite how the rest of us might feel, these three particular forms of domestic strife are, in the eyes of the law, not physical forms of violence therefore they are not deemed to be that of criminal in nature.
Domestic violence that is however recognized as a criminal behavior is any physical forms of attack and/or abuse from one party to another which can, and often times does include, “physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwante