- The relationships that exist between people can sometimes result in harmful situations that break the bonds that exist between them and the society.
- Domestic violence is one of these social issues that emerge from conflicts within family settings.
- Often domestic violence is as a result of issues emerging in intimate relationships. Various studies have studied this vice and developed solutions on how domestic violence can be reduced in the society.
- The problem is still persistence and has become detrimental to the wellbeing of other people in the affected families.
- Arguments by Barnish (2004) show that domestic violence is a social vice that has been changing over time.
- In the past, domestic violence was perceived as an issue affecting women, and men were the perpetrators.
- Changes in the family life presented by various factors of the 21st century have led to new forms of legitimate relationships, such as gay marriages (Seelau & Seelau, 2005).
- There are new emerging issues in domestic violence.
- Men have also been victims of domestic violence, and feminist scholars have often ignored their cases.
- The consequences of domestic violence include physical and psychological harm that can contribute to other behavioral issues, including self-inflicted injuries (Kaur & Garg, 2008).
- Domestic violence can be perceived as the pattern of assault and coercion that is inflicted on people by their abusive partners.
- The intent of this paper is to propose research that will address the characteristics of a domestic violence abuser and their victims.
- Previous studies have focused on domestic violence as an issue between husbands and wives.
- Husbands have often been perceived to be the abusers (Anafarta, 2011).
- Studies on domestic violence have increased considerably in the past two decades, but have focused on heterosexual relationships.
- In a study by Richards, Noret, and Rivers (2003) shows that domestic violence exists even in same-sex marriages.
- There are various changes that have occurred in our communities due to globalization, and have influenced the interaction of different cultures, increasing the challenges faced in managing domestic violence.
- There is need to investigate the influence of these new factors on domestic violence.
- In many cases, policy makers as well as scholars do not show consensus on the best approaches to managing domestic violence in the diverse relationships that exist in the 21st century.
- allude that families all over the world can be strengthened by coming up with an interrelated and systematic set of universal social initiatives that can be followed by all people.
- Coming up with such solutions can be instrumental in reducing and eliminating the physical and psychological issues faced by people in relationships.
- The issues that emerge from domestic violence, such as reduced work productivity, economic and social marginalization, as well as enhanced happiness among the people will be improved appropriately if a sustainable solution to manage the violence is identified (Quinlivan & Evans, 2005).
- The rationale behind this study is the changing nature of the family setting following the legalization of same-sex marriages and the need for a new paradigm to address domestic violence in these relationships (Richards, Noret, & Rivers, 2003).
- The proposed study will be based on the theoretical framework provided by Dr. Lenore Walker in 1979 called the Cycle of violence.
- Various studies show that domestic violence follows similar patterns, even in same-sex marriages (Eriksson & Mazerolle, 2015); (Heise, Ellsberg, & Gottmoeller, 2002).
- According to the proposed rationale, domestic violence can happen in any relationship and the frequency and severity can increase over time.
- The credibility of this approach lies in how the Cycle of Violence has been used to investigate issues in domestic violence.
- The approach is also desirable for this study because it facilitates investigation in distinct phases of the violent relationships.
Methods and Design
- The research will be achieved by employing a mixed-method approach that entails the use of qualitative and quantitative studies.
- The study will gather qualitative and statistical data to offer sufficient evidence on the characteristics of the abuser and the victims of domestic violence.
- The study will involve one hundred participants between the age of 18 and 49 years.
- The research will cover a range of participants to ensure diversity regarding nationality, race, age, culture, and the kind of relationships they prefer.
- The study will use semi-structured questionnaires that will facilitate the gathering of information from the participants from a personal perspective (Creswell, 2013).
Significance and Conclusion
- The study is imperative to understanding the domestic violence in the modern relationships.
- It will provide new insights on how various characters act when conflicts emerge in a relationship as well as factors that contribute to these issues.
- The research will form the basis for understanding the nature of domestic violence and how the people involved act.
- The research will help people to prevent domestic violence by identifying the issues that lead to conflicts and are detrimental to the relationships they hold.
- The research will also be useful to policymakers who are faced with the responsibility of developing legal provisions that are acceptable to different cultures, religions, relationships, and perspectives.
- The study will also bring new insights to the literature on domestic violence by providing qualitative and quantitative results.
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