Sociology 354, Week 15 notes
Sociology 354, Week 15 notes Soc 354
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Chapter 12 Family Violence and Abuse In patriarchal societies, harsh physical punishment of kids and wife beating are considered acceptable. Sometimes the legal lines are difficult on what is considered abuse. Victims of family violence include intimate partners, kids, and elders. Intimacy: an emotional or sexual bond with another person. Care relationship: a relationship where one person is responsible for the other person’s care. Child abuse and neglect: harming a kid or intentionally not providing for their needs. Most child abuse occurs from family members at home. Abuse at school is more likely to be reported than abuse at home. 80% of child abuse cases are perpetrated by parents. Most of the rest are from other family or romantic partners of parents. In families with mental health problems, poor families, and families with little support, abuse is more common. Elder abuse: abuse of the elderly from people providing care. Intimate partner violence: violence between adults or teenagers in relationships. o This includes physical violence, threatened violence, rape, sexual assault, and stalking. o Domestic violence and violence against women are terms commonly used for this. o Other terms include common couple violence, intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and mutual violent control. Family violence is more common among Black and Native American than White or Asian families. Wealthy places, college towns, and places with a high white population have more help services available. Sexual violence involves penetration, force, or lack of consent. Rape: Sexual intercourse where one or more parties did not consent Sexual assault: any sexual behavior where one or more parties did not consent. Incest: sexual behavior among relatives There are different legal definition as to what counts as rape. It is difficult to prove rape among people in relationships unless the victim is physically injured. Marital rape used to be legal. Patterns of abuse are similar in samesex couples. Gay men can’t always receive the same services women receive. Violence is declining in the U.S. o This may be because of more services available, economic independence, and less married/cohabitating people. Family violence is often sexual and happens for a long time. People who are abused have a harder time establishing healthy, stable relationships. Patriarchy=more violence. Rape is often not reported because of the fear of not being believed and the broken criminal justice system. Abuse from religious authorities often takes place at church events or the pastor’s home. Police are less likely to arrest a perpetrator if the victim is nonwhite. Interventions can include civil protection orders, mandatory arrest or proarrest rules, courtordered treatment, domestic violence courts and services for domestic violence victims.
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