This historical analysis explores the historical progression of societal views in the United States towards domestic violence, female victims, and whether those views and perceptions reflected police and social work responses from the 19th to the 21st century. Literature, policies, laws, media, and social movements were examined from each century in order to be explored. The period between the 1960s and 21st century is highlighted due to the development of the battered women's movement and the instrumental part it played in the national recognition of domestic violence as a social problem. The analysis indicates that as social workers and police officers have worked with female domestic violence victims, they have often applied victim-blaming attitudes, which have resulting in the re-victimization of the victim. Due to their lack of domestic violence training they often continue to resort to common societal views and misconceptions. There is a great need for the social work and law enforcement profession to make domestic violence education a priority in order to ensure that future social workers and police officers understand the seriousness of the problem, do not blame female victims, and respond appropriately.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Womens studies|
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