Domestic Violence, a No Respecter of Gender
Justifiably and rightly so, intimate partner violence (IPV) also referred to as spousal violence or more commonly as domestic violence now has society’s spotlight brightly beamed on it. More often, females, usually termed the “weaker sex”, (based on physical strength) are at the receiving end of this menace. The reasons for domestic violence are myriad but, whatever the reason in a particular scenario is, it remains condemnable and unacceptable.
The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) firmly condemns the act of domestic violence. However, we recognize that some cultures, while not condoning it do not out rightly condemn it, which is wrong in all elements. In some of these cultures when it becomes by their judgement, abused women are encouraged to give her partners the same treatment in a tit for tat manner. But then, do two wrongs ever make a right?
Domestic violence includes acts of physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, controlling behaviours and emotional or psychological abuse. Controlling behaviours include isolating the individual from family and friends, monitoring their movements and restricting access to financial resources, employment, education or medical care.
While the majority of culprits in domestic violence cases are males, we must also admit that an increasing number of males are steadily finding themselves at the receiving end of domestic violence. Most of these cases of men being victims of domestic violence arise from women reciprocating violent treatment. This is not the best way to handle domestic violence, we therefore urge the general public to speak-up against and end domestic violence and not reciprocate violence. We advocate for a speak-up culture against domestic violence irrespective of the gender at the receiving end.
Credit(s): Dr. Emeka Nwolisa, www.thisislagos.ng