Intimate Partner Violence and Gender Research Paper by Nicky

An overview of intimate partner violence with a focus on gender constructs.
# 151194 | 2,828 words | 34 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 29, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper discusses how the problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States is both pervasive and historically omnipresent. Intimate partner violence is usually a term used to describe physical assault or battery levied by a family member, romantic partner, caretaker or acquaintance against such a relation. In particular, the paper takes a stance with the understanding that there may be some value in measuring the differences between intimate partner violence based on gender differences. Using the MMPI assessment tool as a lens for comprehending the psychological and character qualities of both male and female batterers, the paper investigates the socialization of the genders respectively and how this impacts their variant tendencies toward violence.

From the Paper:

"The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) designated that federal dollars be earmarked for programs which could provide a sensitive but much needed intervention. By giving battered women a chance to find alternative shelter, counseling on legal rights and options for evasion of Intimate Partner conditions which could be hazardous and potentially even deadly, its aim bore an apparent slant toward social service rather than law enforcement or the improvement of judicial deterrence. Among its provisions, the legislation, "created a national domestic violence hotline and allocated substantial funds for . . .programs to increase outreach to rural women. (MAHR, 1) This was an important leap in contending with the socio-cultural elements of Intimate Partner violence, which have been enabled for so long by an institutional neglect of the patriarchal legal system to rectify a crisis predominantly facing women and children. Long relegated by their lack of governmental representation, such individuals had gained powerful advocacy by lobby groups and feminist rights organization by the 1990s, a time when such had emerged as prime players in the political process."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Bell, K., & Naugle, A. (2008, October). Intimate partner violence theoretical considerations: Moving towards a contextual framework. /Clinical Psychology Review/, /28/(7), 1096-1107. Retrieved September 8, 2009, doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2008.03.003
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2006). /Understanding intimate partner violence: Fact sheet/. Retrieved September 15, 2008, from

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