How domestic violence is being treated around the world

Domestic violence is a huge problem around the world, but how is it treated in different countries? Studies have shown that at least one out of three women around the world, experience some form of domestic violence in their life.

What are some of the main reasons for domestic violence around the world?

  • Domestic violence is more prominent in areas where education is limited
  • This issue tends to have a history, those who are exposed at a young age may continue the behaviour or land up in a violent relationship.
  • Unhealthy consumption of alcohol and use of drugs
  • Cultures, Religions and attitudes that accept or overlook domestic violence
  • Communities, where men are given high status and women, a low status (seen as more of a possession)
  • Where women have little to no access to gainful employment
  • No laws or weak legal systems for domestic violence

One of the major reasons for domestic violence is inequality, in many areas violence against women is acceptable behaviour. What people don’t realise is the effect it has on a country’s ability to develop and grow.

Domestic violence costs governments a lot of money in connection with:

  • Police and other Justice System services
  • Health services
  • Lost revenue due to an absence from work

This whole situation doesn’t just affect a few people, it spreads and touches communities, and not only of the present but future generations as well. Domestic violence is a deep-rooted problem, affecting women’s health and overall wellbeing, all over the world. Governments should be working on solutions to protect women’s human rights and ensuring access to basic freedoms.

No matter where you are in the world, whether it is a first world country or a poor African village, domestic violence remains a big problem. But despite the overwhelming statistics available, there seems to be a major lack of response to the situation. In some countries, there are a shocking amount of murders, all related to domestic violence. For this to stop, proper legislation needs to be implemented and enforced.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” Michelle Obama

Even though many countries have laws in place, they still experience problems, but what about areas around the world that have no specific laws. In countries where women have low socio-economic status, these women depend on their partner for financial support and are often abused. It is normal for a man to ‘discipline’ their wives if they step out of line or do something that displeases them. Most of these women have no other choice but to remain silent and bare the consequences. Even if a woman reports abuse, in some areas, the police will not investigate, as they see it as an internal family matter.

Over the years, there has been some movement towards addressing domestic violence. For example, in Saudi Arabia not too long ago, laws have been established that prohibits domestic violence. In many other areas, this is the biggest issue, implementing these laws and providing access to shelters and protection. Some countries have no laws against Domestic abuse, leaving their victims to suffer and endure their hardships. In some of these countries, women are exposed to violence for simple things, like burning their husband’s food. This situation is made worse, as the women feel that the punishment given, is justified.

“Women’s empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.” Mahnaz Alkhami

Creating awareness of domestic violence has improved over the years, but the shame attached to the issue is something that is still difficult to overcome. How many cases of domestic violence go unreported, due to shame and fear? Having laws in place is a good step but in order to increasingly tackle the issue, these laws need to be actively promoted as well as executed. To truly have an effect, there has to be transformation, a change in the attitudes as well as beliefs of women’s roles in society. Women need to be able to stand together and assert their basic human rights.

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