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UM PSYX 348 - Family Violence

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History and DefinitionsIntimate partner: who counts?Most often adults, romantic relationships (often sexual)Intimate partner violence (IPV): violence between married or dating partnersFamily: who counts??Group of people; husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, siblings, step parents, partners, etc.Biologically related but sometimes personally or culturally definedNot all forms of families have the same rightsViolence: ??Different groups use different definitionsBook definition: “ family violence includes family members’ acts of omission or commission resulting in physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, or other form of maltreatment that hampers individuals healthy development”Types of violence:Violence against childrenPhysicalsexualpsychologicalneglectviolence between partnersphysicalsexualpsychologicalviolence against the elderly and disabledphysicalsexualpsychologicalneglectMYTHS about family violenceWhat is a myth? Why do they exist?Function to reduce personal vulnerabilitySimplistic answers to complex problemsRepeated often enough that people believe themMyth: Family violence is rareAbout 1700 children die each year as a result of abuse and/or neglect3000 Americans die each year because of family memberseach year, approx.. 4000 incidents of “domestic abuse” are reported in Montanamore likely to experience violence at the hands of someone you love than any other personViolence in familiesInherently difficult to measureRate of child abuse by type (substantiated)Neglect: 80% of reported casesPhysical: 18% of reported casesSexual: 8% of reported casesPsychological: 9% of reported casesOther: 10% of reported casesIt is likely that psychological harm results from all these forms of abuseMyth: Family violence has reached epidemic levelsAlthough news reports on it more, there is no evidence that it is increasingCould be due to better reporting or more people coming forwardParents cant hit children without potential for consequencesAnti-domestic violence campaignsMyth: poverty and/or history of family violence cause family violenceCannot prove causation from the researchnot all people who have low SES or who grew up with violence will go on to become violentmajority of children who were abused do not grow up to become abusive themselvesMyth: victims of violence “asks for it”Some individuals attempt to explain violence by blaming the victims“she shouldn’t have been dressed like that”“my kids are out of control and wont listen to anything else”its not the victims fault for the abuse or violencePSYX 348 1st Edition Lecture 1Outline of Current Lecture II. History and definitionsIII. Myths about family violencea. Family violence is rareb. Family violence has reached epidemic levelsc. Poverty and/or history of family violence cause family violence d. Victims of violence “ask for it”Current Lecture History and Definitions  Intimate partner: who counts? - Most often adults, romantic relationships (often sexual)  Intimate partner violence (IPV): violence between married or dating partners  Family: who counts?? - Group of people; husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, siblings, step parents, partners, etc. - Biologically related but sometimes personally or culturally defined- Not all forms of families have the same rights  Violence: ??- Different groups use different definitions- Book definition: “ family violence includes family members’ acts of omission or commission resulting in physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, or other form of maltreatment that hampers individuals healthy development” - Types of violence: o Violence against children Physical  sexualThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute. psychological neglecto violence between partners physical sexual psychologicalo violence against the elderly and disabled  physical sexual psychological neglect MYTHS about family violence- What is a myth? Why do they exist?o Function to reduce personal vulnerability o Simplistic answers to complex problemso Repeated often enough that people believe them- Myth: Family violence is rareo About 1700 children die each year as a result of abuse and/or neglecto 3000 Americans die each year because of family memberso each year, approx.. 4000 incidents of “domestic abuse” are reported in Montanao more likely to experience violence at the hands of someone you love than any other person - Violence in familieso Inherently difficult to measureo Rate of child abuse by type (substantiated)  Neglect: 80% of reported cases Physical: 18% of reported cases Sexual: 8% of reported cases Psychological: 9% of reported cases Other: 10% of reported cases It is likely that psychological harm results from all these forms of abuse - Myth: Family violence has reached epidemic levelso Although news reports on it more, there is no evidence that it is increasing Could be due to better reporting or more people comingforward Parents cant hit children without potential for consequences Anti-domestic violence campaigns - Myth: poverty and/or history of family violence cause family violenceo Cannot prove causation from the researcho not all people who have low SES or who grew up with violencewill go on to become violent o majority of children who were abused do not grow up to become abusive themselves - Myth: victims of violence “asks for it”o Some individuals attempt to explain violence by blaming the victims “she shouldn’t have been dressed like that” “my kids are out of control and wont listen to anything else”o its not the victims fault for the abuse or


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