Below is a list of behaviors seen in people who beat their partners. If the person has three or more of these behaviors, there’s indeed a strong potential for physical violence. In some cases, a batterer might have only a couple of behaviors that are quite strong (e.g., extreme jealousy). In the beginning of a relationship, the batterer will try to “explain” these behaviors as “love” and “concern”. However, as time goes on, these behaviors become more extreme and serve to establish, keep, and strengthen power and control over the victim. More
Off Our Backs
Depoliticization has moved the discussion of domestic violence away from a structural, social analysis of the dynamics of interests and power and resituated it in the realm of individual behaviors and pathologies of victims and perpetrators. More
Sheila Dauer, April 29, 2008
Human rights constitute a value system and a system of norms established by the international community that assumes the inherent dignity and equality of every human being. Human rights are an evolving body of international law beginning with the UDHR and the treaties and declarations that are derived from it. These agreements require governments to ensure that the conditions necessary for all people to fully enjoy their rights are met.
The decision to stay in a hazardous situation is often accepted as normal - as long as you're not talking about a "battered woman." But why do people stay in homes and even re-build after serious damage from forest fires, floods or volcano eruptions? More
The New York Times, July 31, 2008
Kids exposed to domestic violence definitely do have lower reading and math scores and greater disciplinary problems. But the effects of this dysfunction are not limited to the direct victims of this violence: kids exposed to kids exposed to domestic violence also have lower test scores and more disciplinary infractions. More
November 16, 2009
Earlier this month Governor Deval Patrick cut $1 million (one third of the budget) from the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. This cut will mean the near elimination of a crucial system of coordinated care for survivors of sexual violence. Take Action Now!
Minnesota American Indian Women's Resource Center, August 1, 2009
Police reports from Duluth showed that Native girls were being lured off reservations, taken onto ships in port, beaten, and gang-raped. Native girls were being trafficked into prostitution, pornography, and strip shows over state lines and to Mexico. This is the first report of commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls. More
NY State Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence Newsletter, June 1, 2009
The fact that divorcing parents often badmouth each other to the children can not justify the damage done to abused and endangered children by PAS and PA accusations. A more rational and fair approach to the claim of PA is presented. More