Posted in AS Sociology: Family

Sociology of the family: domestic violence

The dark side of the family is a really important part of he family module. Feminists in particular draw attention to how it is women in particular are the victims of domestic abuse. The following article offers a very interesting insight into the realities that face people across all social spheres: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/30/domestic-violence-patrol-northumbria-police

Here are the highlights of the article:

– domestic violence costs the economy £15 billion a year

– two women die from domestic violence every week

– there have been police budget cuts of over £120 million

– Northumbria has been singled out for praise. Their latest innovation is something that has never been tried before in England and Wales. It involves teaming a police response officer in a patrol car with a worker from the women’s refuge

– There has been a revolution is how society views domestic violence. The police in particular have changed their attitudes: “But of all the agencies who have changed and listened, it is the police who have changed the most.”

 

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Sociology and Media Studies teacher at Hazelwick School, West Sussex. Former teacher at Felpham Community College and Doha College

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