Family and Domestic Violence: From a Human Rights and Social Justice Perspective

  1. Research Essay (2500 words)
    Due: 30-10-2016
    (A transcript of the interview must be handed in with the essay)

Essay question: Choose one of the topics covered in the unit and respond to the following question – To what extent do Human Rights and Social justice interventions make a difference in re/claiming or maintaining human rights

Chosen topic: Family and Domestic Violence: From a Human Rights and Social Justice Perspective

Introduction: Explain the HR&SJ issue/group you have chosen to respond to the research above. Explain how you will explore this issue and identify the interview you did. What will be the structure of the essay? How will you use literature on HR&SJ? Define any HR&SJ terms that come up. There should be one clear statement about what this essay is about. All of this constitutes the argument you will make in your essay.

Body: Provide a short literature review of research already done in the area. Arrange your discussion in themes rather than giving annotations of one article/book chapter after another. Explain how this literature will help answer your research question.

Briefly explain the methods you used: How you recruited your interviewee and where you conducted the interview; how your interview themes were constructed to answer your objectives.

In this next section you present the interpretation and analysis of the evidence gathered from the interview associated resources. Look for a few themes in your evidence to focus on and consider if/how they answer your question; do more reading of the HR&SJ literature and think about how you can use the ideas/concepts/theories in that literature to help interpret your findings. The literature could confirm your findings, or extend the meaning of specific ideas in your findings. Your findings might also refute the literature.

Conclusion: Summarise the different sections of your essay in an integrated way and without repetition.
Note: References should include a mix of scholarly book/chapters, refereed journal articles, relevant websites. Minimum number of reference is 12 APA referencing style.

Scholarly article:
Harpur, P., & Douglas, H. (2014). Disability and domestic violence: protecting survivors’ human rights. Griffith Law Review, 23(3), 405-453.
Media article:
Hill, J. (2015, 11/09/2015). What I’ve learned about domestic violence in my year reporting on it. The Guardian. Retrieved from


Family and domestic violence is a universal issue that spreads over national limits, socio-economic, tribal, racial, and social status differences (Kaur & Garg, 2008). Family and domestic violence remain widespread geographically, and persistence is making them typically acceptable in some communities (Mitchell, 2011).  In Australia, physical violence against women and children perpetrated by the males was legally recognized as an unlawful act in the nineteenth century. Additionally, it was until 1992 that all jurisdictions in the country recognized non-consensual sexual intercourse within married people as rape. In line with this, it is only recently that all states in Australia that began to recognize non-physical forms of abuse such as financial and emotional abuse, as well as stalking as offences in domestic violence. Domestic violence has serious impacts on health and well-being of the victims (Johnstone, 2001). It has also had financial costs to the individual, health systems, and the society. Despite this, family and domestic violence have been widely ignored. Nevertheless, its existence is morally indefensible. According to Harpur and Douglas (2014) there are various reasons that make an individual vulnerable to family and domestic violence. In this context, the patriarchal domination makes women with a disability an easier target to dominate or control (Powell & Murray, 2008). The study will be explored through carrying out a literature review to gather information on similar research work and build insights to develop the interview guide. The interview was testing the personal attributes of the individual, including age and level of education. Additionally, it was to investigate the understanding of what is social justice and human rights (HR and SJ).  Through a comparative approach, the respondents were asked to explain the best tactic to respond to family and domestic violence and offer solutions that can solve the shortcomings and improve on the selected approach. The essay provides a literature review, a discus of the method used, the analysis of the primary information, and a conclusion. The literature will try to explain the role of HR and SJ in solving issues in family and domestic violence and address the aspects that create loopholes in execution by the government and the community. The intent of this paper is to address the issue of family and domestic violence in the context of HR and SJ on a qualitative research achieved by carrying out interviews among ten selected through systematic randomization.

Literature review

For long, family and domestic violence have been handled as a private matter confined to the boundaries of a family (Herrenkohl, Sousa, Tajima, Herrenkohl, & Moylan, 2008). Nevertheless, as people continue to become aware of their human rights and the federal and state governments recognized the need to secure the vulnerable in the community, there have been efforts to address these issues. Despite this, the offenses remain rampant among the Australian people, and some go unreported. Feminist have been on the forefront to advocate for human rights and raise of social responsibility of crimes due to domestic violence (Sokoloff & Dupont, 2005). Kaur and Garg (2008) state that radical feminism has offered the main theoretical approach employed in addressing domestic violence and solutions for change. In this light, the authors state that solutions include community education, enhance the rights of women to access women-only services, economic independence, and legislative reforms. From this perspective, the elements of HR&SJ are incorporated in developing strategies that can change the attitude that perpetuates domestic violence through civil education, offering support for family members to leave abusive relationships, and reforming the legal provisions to meet the needs of women and children to leave violent relationships…

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