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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
K.Chin
Semester
Fall

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The Precursors to Family Violence • The family is a social setting that provides many opportunities for conflict, e.g., conflict over money, conflict between gneders and generations, conflict over who has the power and authority to make decisions and demand respect • Family life tends to be regarded as "private" life; friends, neighbors, and even the police, may be reluctant to interfere • Families and households are often hierarchical or inegalitarian in nature • Parents have more power than children, and in "traditional" families, husbands have more power than their wives • Use (and abuse) of physical "discipline" or force has historically been more widely tolerated in family setting than in other, more “public” setting Spousal Violence • Rates of spousal violence remained relatively stable between the 1999 GSS, 2004 GSS and 2009 GSS • Men and women report similar amounts of spousal violence • Women much more likely to be choked, beaten or threatened with a weapon; men more likely to
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