Domestic violence is a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This Is an Important topic that has been going on In the united States and around the world for a good length of time now. This was an Important topic that I thought needed to be talked about more In the world today. Domestic violence happens all around the world and It makes you wonder why the victim stays with, or returns to their abusers after a period of time being away from them. The country that I chose to do my research on is Brazil.
I isn’t sure which country I wanted to focus on going into the project so choosing Brazil Just kind of happened. I never really knew how bad the domestic violence was there until I Google’s their countries domestic violence statistics and they really caught me off guard seeing how bad it was. In the introduction of our “Women’s voices, Feminist visions” book I found an interesting statistic that I found to be very shocking. On page 51 6, under “Battering and physical abuse” It reads “although women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are 5 to 8 times more likely to be victimized by an Intimate partner.
Which was very shocking to me because TLD expect It to be that high. One statistic from the united States that totally blew my mind was that every day, about four women die in the united states as a result of domestic abuse and if you do the calculations that is approximately 1,400 a year. Seeing those kinds of numbers makes you wonder why the punishments are worse or what is wrong with people when they allow their significant other to get away with the abuse. In Brazil, it doesn’t get any better.
The reason why I chose to pick Brazil to talk about as my part of the group was because off few statistics I seen that had me curious about entry. Social Watch is an international MONGO (non-governmental organization) watchdog network monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality. It was reported that Brazier’s Annual Report on women released by the government showed that 43. 1 percent of women have suffered some kind of violence In their own homes and that only 12. 3 percent of males have suffered some sort of violence In their home.
In the same article, it was reported that calls to the Women’s assistance Centre between 2006 and 2010 increased from 46,000 to 734,000 according to the Secretariat for women’s policies. This statistic makes you wonder if Brazil is doing anything to stop the violence from being done. I searched whether or not Brazil was doing anything about it and in 2006 their president signed a law of domestic and family violence the tripled the previous punishments convicted of the crimes. With them tripling the punishments, it shows that they are trying to stop it.
With that law being passed, it was the first official formation of a legal code of domestic violence crime. In an academic Journal, “Time to man up, wife beaters are told” there was a strong message that I found to be Important which was the reason why I chose It. Real men don’t beat women” was the quote that I found to be a very strong message as If It was trying to get the message across that If you are beating women that you’re looked at as a nobody because of the actions that you are committing. In that article it ages 16 to 44 according to their government.
Whether it be physical, sexual or psychological, domestic abuse wasn’t even listed in the federal crime code until 2006. When looking for a fourth article to talk about that I thought would fit into my writing I came across another article that was online that had even more interesting information than the first few. Reading this article was kind of boring to start off then it gave a statistic towards the bottom that blew my mind. “According to the agency, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds in SAA Paulo, Brazier’s largest city. That statement goes to show you how often these women are being violated and it is absolutely sickening. You would think that in the largest city of Brazil, they would do their best to protect their people and especially their woman from being assaulted like this. Another few sentences that had me questioning what the heck was going on there was this insert: “Activists say the problem is that most cases of violence against omen are not investigated, let alone effectively prosecuted. Take El Salvador, which passed a law in 2011. In its first 16 months, only 16 of 63 reported cases were followed up.
In the first three months of this year 1,822 rapes were reported in the Brazilian state of ROI De Jeanine; only 70 men were arrested. ” The reason why that quote opened my eyes was because that isn’t even 4% of people getting caught. Only arresting 70 men out of over 1,800 reported rape cases is Just terrible to me and I feel like they are giving a poor effort if that’s all they are able to arrest. I’m glad I came cross this article to find this information because I feel it can open up a lot of eyes if people know about it. I am glad I chose to do my research on Brazil because I found it to be very interesting.
There is a lot of crime going on in Brazil and people are getting away with a lot of it. Each and every statistic I listed above really opened my eyes to the troubles that go on in Brazil and it’s really unfortunate that so many people are getting away with their violence and it seems like little is getting done to stop actions like these from being done. Work Cited: Shaw, Susan M. , and Janet Lee. Chi 10: Battering and Physical Abuse. ” Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Page 516. 2011. Web. Hider, James. Real men don’t beat women. ” The Times. N. P. 02 August 2013. Page 33. “Violence against women in Latin America: Everyday aggression”. The Economist. Buenos Aries. 21 September 2013. Web. Analysis Domestic violence is a scary thing to begin with and after doing my research for this paper I found it to be terrifying. There is too many bad things going on in the world already and domestic violence shouldn’t be one of them. I learned a lot about he problems going on in Brazil with domestic abuse. The statistics alone had me amazed with how bad they were. I was astounded to read that 43. Percent of women have suffered some kind of violence throughout Brazil in their homes compared to Just 12. 3 percent of males. I couldn’t believe it was that big of a difference. When I read that the main cause of death to Brazilian women from the ages 16 to 44 was domestic abuse, which also came as a shock to me because it shows us that this violence is leading to a lot of deaths among women that should be living a valuable life and living it happy. I also learned that in Brazier’s largest city, SAA Paulo, a woman is assaulted every 1 5 seconds, which disgusts me in so many ways.
One last statistic that really was the one took it way over the edge was that only 70 men were arrested when there were over 1,800 rapes reported in ROI De Jeanine, Brazil. It really Just seems like they’re letting the men do the crime and if they get caught red handed then that’s when they get in trouble for their offense but if they aren’t getting caught in the action of doing it then they will never be arrested for their crime. It’s terrible how ruthless men are in Brazil and with the amount of crimes hey are getting away with it’s almost telling them that it is okay to be doing it.
Brazier’s government is attempting to put a stop to this and their latest action might be able to really help. In the “Violence against women in Latin America: Everyday aggression” they noted that the national and local governments in Brazil have handed out panic buttons to women with restraining orders against abusive former partners. When triggered, the devices use GAPS technology to help the police track down the victim quickly. I think that is a large step in the right direction for the Brazilian government cause it is showing that they are trying to put a stop to these actions.
I believe that the panic buttons can actually do a Justice in catching some of these offenders and handing out the punishments that these criminals deserve. I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn when I chose to do my research on Brazil but it was more interesting than I thought it was going to be after I kept finding such good information on how place and finding that domestic violence is so bad down there, makes me want to look into their country more to see Just how much crime is going on.