The Psychology of Trauma

Domestic Violence

What affects the prevalence of violence against women?

Poverty, war, and political and economic instability lead to increased rates of violence against women. Additionally, alcohol abuse and exposure to domestic violence as a child both increase the likelihood of domestic violence. Arguably, however, the most important factor is the cultural attitude toward domestic violence and the rights of women. When women have no rights and men feel entitled to treat women as property, domestic violence can become endemic.


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