Family Violence Essay by The Research Group

Family Violence
Discusses spousal & child abuse, elder abuse. Strengths & weaknesses of 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); legal issues.
# 10413 | 1,575 words | 8 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in Sociology (Welfare) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Criminology (General)

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" The problem of family violence, particularly the abuse and neglect of children, has only recently captured public attention. Abuse in such cases includes physical beatings, emotional or psychological abuse, and sexual exploitation directed against women, children and even the elderly (Perrucci & Knudsen, 1990). Neglect involves failure to provide for the physical and social needs of a female partner, elderly dependent, or child through lack of adequate food, shelter, protection, or other care. It is impossible to identify the extent of child abuse and neglect in this country, but estimates of physical abuse of children range from 50,000 to 100,000 cases annually in the United States; one estimate suggests that at least 14 percent of all American children are physically mistreated seriously enough each year to qualify as abused (Perrucci & Knudsen, 1990). "

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