Essay Question Examine the patterns of, and reasons for, domestic violence in society (24 marks) Domestic violence is the physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within a relationship that creates a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. In society, domestic violence is seen as wrong, yet it still happens. Some people believe that a minority of people behave in this manner because of psychological causes rather than social ones, however a number of sociologists have challenged this view. Domestic violence follows a social ...view middle of the document...
Radical feminists see that men oppress women and exploit them unfairly within society. They also link domestic violence to marriage and the conjugal roles of husband and wife, and that this unit is the main source of the oppression of women. Radical feminists see the domestic violence is inevitable as long as we live in a patriarchal society as it preserves the power that men hold over women. This is their explanation as to why institutions involving the police and courts are reluctant to deal with domestic violence is because we live in a male headed society.
Wilkinson backs up this explanation by arguing that domestic violence is the result of stressed family members caused by social inequality. Those families on low incomes are more likely to experience higher levels of stress, which lessens their ability to provide caring relationships and increases the chance of violence nd conflict within the family. To conclude, Wilkinson and Mirrlees-Black findings both show that not all people in society are equally in danger of suffering from domestic violence as those with less power, status, wealth and income are generally at a greater risk because the different amount of stresses and strains upon people can differ depending on one or more of these four factors. Leading to tension and resulting to violence within the home.