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How are race and age related to violence against women?

How are race and age related to violence against women?

Violence against: Women may be tolerated more in some cultures than others. However batterers and victims come from all walks of life, all races, all cultures, all socioeconomic classes. Women who have their own economic means may be better able to leave the batterer by accessing legal and medical resources to assist them. Cultural factors may also influence whether a victim chooses to leave her batterers.Dr. Elif. ...Read more

Violence (Definition)

Violence is described by the World Health Organization as the use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological ...Read more

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What does "violence against women" include besides beating?

What does "violence against women" include besides beating?

Many forms: Rape is a big one, because many women have this happen and do not tell. Also sexual abuse of girls during childhood (this can happen to boys also). Verbal violence, calling names, yelling. Pushing and shoving without hitting. Intimidating with weapons such as guns and knives. More possibilities also, none of them conducive to healthy relationships or self-esteem. ...Read more

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What motivates men to commit violence against women?

What motivates men to commit violence against women?

Several reasons: When a sub-culture accepts that men should be more powerful than and control women, harming them to maintain control becomes acceptable. If violence was witnessed as a child, a man may believe it is ok. Some men believe that it is part of "being a man." if a man was traumatized by violence as a child, he may not have skills to manage anger or his own behavior. He could be mentally ill. ...Read more

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What's the legal impact on the perpetrators of violence against women?

What's the legal impact on the perpetrators of violence against women?

It is a criminal act: The legal impact is the same as violence against anyone in the community. Depending on its seriousness, it could include probation, counseling, or jail time. Often the problem is a woman's reluctance to testify against her attacker out of fear or loyalty or belief that he will not do it again. Legal action is probably the best way to get an abusive partner to stop being violent. ...Read more

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Is violence against women an acceptable behavior in many societies?

Is violence against women an acceptable behavior in many societies?

Yes and no: While most cultures state that violence against women is forbidden, there may be parts of the culture that still believe that violence to control women is acceptable. This is even true in the us, south america, and some middle eastern countries. ...Read more

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How do women react to experiencing violence against them?

How do women react to experiencing violence against them?

Different reactions: Some become angry, others confused. A woman can also lose her confidence or become depressed. She may feel tense or anxious much of the time. She may have an exaggerated response when she is startled. She may feel sad, hopeless and alone or guilty. Some become defiant and irritable, while others become passive. A woman needs to seek counseling and get support. ...Read more

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What can you doctors do to end violence against women?

What can you doctors do to end violence against women?

Great Question: I try to do my part by assisting each of my patients -- men and women -- to heal from feelings of shame and unworthiness that may propel them to harm each other. Such feelings make women not speak out, and may make men want to bully. (i've seen it the other way 'round also.) we can each heal ourselves of our own hurts so that we won't need to be blind to others' -- and can speak out publicly too. ...Read more

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What's the reason behind violence against women?

What's the reason behind violence against women?

Several reasons: When a sub-culture accepts that men should be more powerful than and control women, harming them to maintain control becomes acceptable. If violence was witnessed as a child, a man may believe it is ok. Some men believe that it is part of "being a man." if a man was traumatized by violence as a child, he may not have skills to manage anger or his own behavior. He could be mentally ill. ...Read more

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What are the efforts made to stop violence against women by people they know?

What are the efforts made to stop violence against women by people they know?

Ask for help!: Domestic violence is unfortunately very common. It is important to ask for help from your doctor or nurse. Often in a hospital or office, the nurse will ask all family and friends to step out. This is the time to ask for help. If no one is with you sometimes a doctor will admit you to the hospital under a fake name for protection so no one knows where you are. Have a plan before you leave. ...Read more

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Where is funding for the domestic violence shelters in the financial war against women?

Wrong forum: I feel bad that no one has answer this questions, but this really is not a political site and you're asking a fundamentally political question. Although domestic violence is an enormous problem with obvious health implications, you might want to go to your congressperson or senator to ask this question of someone who possibly could answer it--and even take action. ...Read more

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