Recently domestic violence has become a serious issue in New Zealand. The rate of violence amongst families has increased. For my research I was interested to find out what exactly is domestic violence, what impact does domestic violence have on society, and how can it be reduced.
Firstly, what is domestic violence? Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Anyone can be a victim. Victims can be of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples that are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence is a serious issue in New Zealand. The rate of domestic violence in New Zealand is higher than some larger and major countries. Women in the USA and New Zealand were surveyed to find out if they were ever physically assaulted by an intimate partner. In the USA, 22% of the women surveyed were assaulted. In New Zealand 35% of the women surveyed were assaulted. This information shows that New Zealand’s domestic violence rate is higher than USA. I understand that New Zealand’s violence rate is a lot higher than it should be. In my opinion domestic violence needs to be prevented. People around New Zealand are getting hurt, physically and emotionally.
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What impact does domestic violence have on society? Domestic violence does not only affect the victim, it also affects all their families and neighbours. Domestic violence in families, between partners also affects their children. family violence can continue in a family for generations. If children see their parents fighting, it is possible for them to do the same. As noted by The New Zealand Public Service Association, “Kids learn a lot from their parents. Including domestic abuse.” Causes of family violence can be drugs and alcohol but also can be influence. A quote from Tim Gibbs of the Saatchi & Saatchi Agency, “Children are like a sponge…they soak up everything they see and hear.” Communities are taking action to stop family violence. In my opinion, domestic violence is our problem. It is everyone’s business. Everyone should take action to make their neighbourhood safe. People should get to know their neighbourhood. We can all do something to prevent family violence.
Finally, how can domestic violence be reduced? Because domestic violence is such a serious issue, serious actions have to be taken for it to be prevented. There are campaigns for action on family violence such as, “It’s not OK!” The campaign is led by the Ministry of Social Development and Families Commission. Take action to make your neighbourhood safe. If someone is in danger or at risk of serious harm contact the police at 111. An important message from the Saatchi & Saatchi Agency, “Do nothing and you may as well lend a hand.” People need to stand up to domestic abuse. There is no point keeping it to yourself. I believe that domestic violence can be prevented. It can be stopped if we all try. We all need to speak up, for ourselves and others.
I personally believe that domestic violence has to be reduced. It is a serious problem in New Zealand. The rate of domestic violence in New Zealand is a lot higher than the USA. This is proof that domestic violence is a serious issue. One of the major causes of family violence is influence. Everyone wants a violence free society.
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1. Family Violence, It’s Not OK! website http://www.areyouok.org.nz 19/09/2009
2. New Zealand Family Violence Clearing House website 19/09/2009
3. The National Domestic Violence Hotline website http://www.ndvh.org 19/09/2009
4. women’s aid TV advertisement 19/09/2009
5. Gibbs, T. Lend a hand TV advertisement 19/09/2009
6. Kinstlinger-Bruhn, C. Everything you need to know about breaking the cycle of …………… domestic violence New York: Rosen, 1997
7. PSA Tea Party TV advertisement 19/09/2009