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Stedley Page 1Mr. Cameron Lakwon StedleyParticipation In Government1/7/18 Domestic ViolenceRemember walking down the street that day and you seen a couple arguing at each others necks. You think to yourself “they are probably arguing about something small and lackluster” and then bang! The guy hits her. All emotion and feelings have left your body and you try to look away. But then you lock eyes with the victim, and her eyes are screaming “help me!”. But you then see the abuser, and they are fusing with anger and aggression appearing to say “go before your next!” You then scurry along but feel like you should have done something, but could you really? You have just witnessed one of the nation’s largest problems, domestic violence. Though scolded opon and seen as unethical; it still takes place today. Domestic violence is a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. It could also be behavior with intent  to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Domestic violence has also changed throughout time and has evolved tremendously due to the prolific policies and laws enforced such as VAWA. It has even changed bother laws too such as gun violence laws Domestic violence has been visible throughout history. In early Roman society, a woman was deemed the property of the husband and was therefore subject to his control. According to early Roman law, a man could beat, divorce, or murder his wife for offenses committed by her, which besmirched his honor or threatened his property rights. These were considered private matters and were not publicly scrutinized. (Violence Against Women 1994). The Catholic Church’s endorsement of “The Rules of Marriage” in the 15th century exhorted the husband to stand as judge of his wife. He was to beat her with a stick upon her commission of an offense. According to the “Rules,” beating showed a concern for the wife’s soul. The common law in England gave a man the right to beat his wife in the interest of maintaining family discipline. The phrase “rule of thumb” referred to the English common law, which allowed a husband to beat his wife as long as he used a stick that was no bigger than his thumb. (Violence Against Women Act  1994). Women were not the only ones subject to abuse. In 18th Century France, if it became public that his wife had beaten a man, he was forced to wear an outlandish costume and ride backwards around the village on a donkey (vix). In early America, English law greatly affected the decisions of the colonial courts. The Puritans openly banned family violence. The laws, however, lacked strict enforcement. It was not until the 1870’s that the first states banned a man’s right to beat his family. The laws were moderately enforced until the feminist movement of the 1960’s started bringing the problems of domestic abuse to the attention of the media. By the 1980’s most states had adopted legislation regarding domestic violence. (Violence Against Women 1994). The reason that history has been brought into this report is to demonstrate that there is no quick fix. As a civilized society we must identify the problems before we can mend them. Hopefully, we will continue to make progress in dealing with domestic abuse. Though there arent any real advocates for pro domestic violence there are a tremendous amount of opponents of domestic violence.Work Cited Page (

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