Domestic Violence and Moral Theories Essay by Research Group

Domestic Violence and Moral Theories
Discusses several theories of dealing with victims of domestic violence.
# 26043 | 1,218 words | 4 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 24, 2003 in Psychology (Social) , Sociology (Theory) , Psychology (Theory)

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A number of ethical positions are useful when talking to a victim of domestic violence who is experiencing an escalating pattern of violence at home and feels unable to break this pattern in any way. These positions are explored in this essay. Perspectives discussed include-- the pacifist philosophy as adopted by the Mennonite Church and the Quakers; Utilitarianism as put forward by British theologian William Paley; Kant's ethical system and, finally, the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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"The first possible perspective is that of pacifism, which is most generally seen as the opposition to war but in fact is a philosophical and ethical opposition to all forms of interpersonal violence. Pacifism varies from a form that is absolute and doctrinal to a relative and more practical form. Absolute pacifists are against all wars and against violence in any form whatsoever; relative pacifists are selective of the wars and violence they oppose. Most absolute pacifists stress the immorality of the taking of one person's life by another person (although they are relatively more silent on the ethics of one's person physically harming another.) (Holmes, 1990, p. 12)."

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