Domestic Violence

To End the Abuse, She Grabbed a Knife

Nicholas Kristof states in a 2014 article that victims of domestic violence are often times fearful of reporting the abuse until it is too late. Domestic violence is a type of violence within a household and mainly aimed towards a spouse or partner. Individuals subjected to this type of violence “sometimes love the men who beat them: they don’t want the man jailed; they don’t want to end the relationship; they just want the beatings to end.” This piece introduces two personal accounts and addresses the unfortunate consequences when victims are unable to tell someone of their abuse. Kristof argues that domestic violence deserves more attention, since “women worldwide ages 15 to 44 are more likely to die or be maimed as a result of male violence than as a consequence of war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents combined.” This is a major global issue, which needs to be addressed. The author mentions several organizations that are focused on identifying and preventing domestic violence, including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and Men Stopping Violence. If you would like to know more about what is being done to prevent violence, refer to Chapters 5 and 6 of the WorldLink Reader on Violence Prevention.

Kristof, Nicholas. “To End the Abuse, She Grabbed a Knife.” The New York Times. 8 March 2014. Web. 1 July 2014. <>.


World Report on Violence and Health (p. 57-70, 87-103)

This report by the World Health Organization breaks down several types of violence. The pages selected focus on domestic violence, specifically child abuse and violence by intimate partners. Four types of abuse towards children include physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect. Facts are given from areas around the world, not just the United States. The report includes definitions of the different types of abuse, risk factors for victims, and the extent to which children are abused. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. For example, violence by intimate partners consists of behavioral circumstances, which then lead to “physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in the relationship.” This source contains multiple statistics from several studies and it takes a deeper look into the effects that domestic violence has on its victims.

World Health Organization. World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva: 2002. p. 57-70, 87-103. Web. 12 July 2014. <>.


Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence (p. 1-26)

Page one of this report effectively discusses why leaving an abusive relationship is not as easy as it sounds. It discusses tactics that the offender uses to control his or her victim (e.g. isolation, involving their children, attacking property and pets). On page eight of this report, a chart identifies the risk factors a victim faces if they stay, but it also includes possible risks they face if they leave. Individuals who are at an increased risk for domestic violence includes those with disabilities, senior citizens, refugees, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Children can also be greatly affected through indirect abuse. While reading this report, you will discover that the authors primarily refer to the victims as women and the perpetrators as men. This generalization or bias is supported because “females are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend.” However, in some cases, females are the offenders and the victims are male.

The Missouri Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence.” May 2012. p. 1-26. Web. 25 July 2014. <>.

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