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Approaching Domestic Violence From the Ground Up: From Children to Adults

By: Jay Patel

Blog Category: Domestic Violence Issues and the Law, Economics, & Race

Domestic Violence reaches across every fabric of society.[1] It does not recognize racial, geographic, and socioeconomic or gender lines.[2] Instead it visits destruction upon those affected and imposes a significant health and economic cost on society.[3] Numerous approaches have been proposed, enacted and visited to reduce the number of incidents and provide prophylactic relief. Despite these measures, domestic violence remains an unfortunate reality in society.[4]

At this time, renewed focus should be directed to educating children on the concept of domestic violence, its scope, impact and their potential risk to become victims or  abusers in the future. A class devoted to human relationships and the associated benefits and potential detriments should be created. Discussions oriented around the signs and reactions of victims and abusers should be detailed.  By providing this component when they are young, it should have the ability of impressing upon them the serious nature of the act and provide a basis for them to seek assistance in the future.

The opinions expressed herein are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race.  

[1] United States Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, United States Government (Apr. 1, 2014 10:05 A.M.), available at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/domviolence.htm
[2] Id.
[3] See Robert Pearl, M.D., Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer That Costs $8.3 Billion Annually, Forbes Magazine (Apr. 1, 2014 10:12 P.M), available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2013/12/05/domestic-violence-the-secret-killer-that-costs-8-3-billion-annually/ (noting “[a]bused women are 70 percent more likely to have heart disease, 80 percent more likely to experience a stroke and 60 percent more likely to develop asthma.” and calculating lost productivity costs at 2.5 billion dollars.); see also Domestic Violence Facts, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Apr. 1, 2014 10:09 A.M.), available at http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet%28National%29.pdf (noting a 2003 and 2007 Centers for Disease Control Report which estimated the annual medical cost of domestic violence at 5.8 billion dollars and the cost of injuries and death at 37 billion dollars each year).
[4] Shannan M. Catalano, Ph.D., Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Apr. 1, 2014 10:21 A.M.), available at http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm.
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