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Domestic Violence – A Curse On Society

Domestic Violence – A Curse On Society

Violence in layman’s terms is any physical activity that is intended to cause harm, injury, destruction, or death. However, the word “violence” is a very vague term and cannot be exactly defined, as there are many aspects and scenarios where the definition of violence for one has another meaning for others. For example, the ongoing act of intimidation in Middle East countries can be termed as an act of violence for one group, while the other might call it an act of raising voice against tyranny and corruption for peace and freedom.

What Is The Root Cause?

Domestic violence is a very general and primitive issue and has only one meaning – terror. It was around centuries ago and is still present now. People are more educated today and understand better what is right and what is wrong, but still, the amount of domestic violence has not decreased. Some blamed it on hitting too much from glass pipes or as an effect of legal steroids. In a way, it is something that nearly everyone has encountered in his or her life. It is not limited only to beating and fighting, but also includes sexual and mental harassment and torture that one suffers from a family member or partner.

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With the growing “inhumanity traits” of people today, the cases and reports of domestic violence, according to TechMSD survey last October 2015, has actually increased more now than during the time when people were less educated or advanced. We hear news on an almost daily basis about children being raped by their own kin or father, wives being beaten to death, and the like, which is a shame and curse on society.

Where Does it Start?

Domestic violence in a family mostly starts with a partner feeling a need to control the other. The spark is generally ignited when abusers feel inferior to the other partner. This domination can turn into emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, ultimately resulting in domestic violence.

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How is it Done?

“Violence can either be done physically, emotionally and even sexually,” Wikipedia says. These three are the most common types of violence that you can see in television news and even at times on the streets around us. To give you a clearer thought about these things, here are some examples of individual and common types of violence.

Physical

If one person uses such a degree of brute force that ends up injuring the other person, or putting someone at risk of being injured, that is considered as physical violence. This includes:

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  • battering (which is now considered a crime)
  • pushing
  • beating/hitting with any toolbox items or heavy items
  • burning
  • assaulting with a knife or any deadly weapon
  • restraining
  • pinching/biting
  • murder

Emotional

When talking about ruthless acts and deeds, the famous quotation that says that talk is cheap suddenly turns untrue. “Words could really do a lot of damage to a certain individual’s confidence and self-esteem,” says Noel Giles from Cloud Culture store. Usually, people address it as emotional or social violence. You always have to take into consideration the feelings of others. If you utterly dislike being judged and criticized in the public, surely other individuals do not like to experience the same thing. As the golden saying goes: “do unto others what you would have done to you”.

Sexual

The sexual aspect of an individual is the most commonly abused. Sexual abuse cases are also one of the most common themes of crime related news nowadays. It is not really surprising for society to have this kind of problem because prostitution laws are already losing their teeth in catching prostitution syndicates that often force women into human trafficking.

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What Are The Effects?

The effects are really terrifying. Victims, like small children, are so heavily influenced as they grow up that they, in their later stage of life, often turn out to be abusers, hence resulting in more incidences in newer generations. It is estimated that 80% of drug addicts and criminals had moderate-to-severe level violence in their family when they were kids. Of course, such violence creates a negative influence on small children and negatively influences them as they grow. These shameful acts of terror at home are actually reshaping the beautiful society that we once knew to a more dreadful one.

In both developed and developing countries, about 55% of divorce cases are filed with the legal ground of domestic violence, whereas in the underdeveloped countries, there are increasing incidences of mental illness, suicide, or self-injury as a consequence. In many male dominating societies, the female and children within the house are the more likely victims of domestic violence. However, in developing countries, both male and females are equally victimized by these types of violence. Although proper emphasis has not been given to date for this issue, Collins Flagpole company suggests it is time for the government to formulate an effective law and order so as to help create a society free of any domestic violence.

Conclusion

Violence can already be considered as a very acute societal disease that can affect almost every person living in a community. While the treatments and remedies are there and available, such as anger management or personality development sessions, one must be willing to take it. Otherwise, we will stay the same as we are now.

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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