Statistics of the child and not just one

Statistics uncover that roughly 40-50%
of female victims are physically harmed when assaulted by their personal
accomplice, which represents 200,000 visits to the healing facility crisis
rooms each year (Tjaden &Thoennes, 2000). Many researchers and interested
parties always hope that this menace would be brought to a drastic minimal, but
its persistence continues to augment over the past decades. Analysis by
Gerstein from a survey he dwelled on, captured the fact that this issue occurs
due to economic hardships and poor educational backgrounds of both the victims
and perpetrators (2000). Since the victims do not have a strong educational
background and hence are not able to know and defend their rights, they usually
keep their mouths shut and keep the pain they undergo to themselves, and the
broader picture may seem like the issue is losing its existence gradually,
meanwhile, it is rather growing its horns longer and stronger behind the serene
picture depicted. My gusto for the rights of individuals has made me delve
deeper into why this social canker is still at its highest rate of occurring,
since addressing it did not start today, and the victims continue to wallow in
its demerits. Nevertheless, the law enforcers have been working tirelessly
towards wiping this menace out of the system, its existence continues to shine
brighter than before, implying that the mode with which it is being addressed
is not enough and hence the need for several arrows to be pointed towards the
same direction to bring that relief in the system. There is the need to first
understand why it persists before pointing these arrows. The prevalence of
physical abuse among intimate partners is
as results of the stigma attached to divorced women, poor educational
backgrounds, the incidence of well-to-do perpetrators who bribe to clear their
names and the cycle of children (mostly boys) who experience their parents
(mostly mothers) being beaten.

Religious groups and most family members
usually frown upon divorce in marriages and believe that each parent has a hand
in the upbringing of the child and not
just one parent. A birds-eye view of this
issue goes on to bring out the effects of divorce on the children since it
makes them lose self -esteem, affects their education and leaves a mark of
bitterness on them. These children usually end up being armed robbers which may
wreak havoc and tarnish the image of the family.

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Nevertheless, these points being put across are very considerable and
catches attention, women who do not divorce their violent husbands and continue
to stay in the marriage face a high risk of death and the situation getting out
of hand (Munoz, 2010). Many cases have occurred where the women who decide to consider their children and stay in
the marriage to be tortured and beaten. Here, they face a higher risk of death
which would still lead to the arrest of their husbands and in the end leaving
behind their children. This tends to pose worse consequences
for the child that even when there
is a divorce. With respeake the violence persist and even grow larger and
larger.

 In as much as a refusal to divorce due to stigma is a contributing factor to the
prevalence of intimate partner violence, people believe that the poor
educational backgrounds have no way relating to why this menace persists. A
survey conducted revealed that just a 5.17% is the level of impact that the
level of education has on violence among intimate partners (Noughani &
Mohtashami,2011, p.82). Their point of view analysis the fact that, since a
very low percentage of poor educational background factors has an impact on the
persistence of intimate partner violence, then there is no need considering it
as a contributing factor to the prevalence of IPV. To my understanding of this
point of view, the author generalized his thoughts and did not consider the country,
city or continent these statistics were recorded from.

Though this point of view has some
level of thought in it, poor educational backgrounds really have an impact on the rate at which Intimate
partner violence occurs since there are hidden statistics to provide a solid
proof on the percentage at which it is leading to violence. Research by Takyi
and Mann in 2006 analyze the fact that most of the less educated men do not see
anything wrong with beating women and just feel it’s a way of disciplining
them. The women also believe that it is a way he can express his love and would
not report them. This has hence brought out the fact that in African countries
where there is a high degree of illiteracy, the rate at which intimate partner
violence occurs is very overwhelming. In view of this, one can conclude that as
the level of illiteracy rises the prevalence of IPV increases and vice versa.
Africa which has been recorded as the continent with the highest level of
illiteracy would, therefore, have a high
rate at which IPV occurs.

Additionally, children who usually
experience their parents having physical exchanges and usually seeing their
mothers being beaten or sexually abused become very anxious, unable to
concentrate on their academics and are emotionally hurt. They, in turn, produce very poor academic
results. The pain they undergo when they experience such acts make them very
confused and always on guard to observe their parents and try to prevent them
from hurting themselves if they could. Here, as to how they grow up in such an
environment, many believe it is not possible for them to grow up to abuse their
wives since they know how their children would feel.

In as much as experiencing IPV during
childhood produces these adverse effects right above, a bigger mess is being
created which produces a continuous cycle. The children who usually observe
their fathers most at times abusing their mothers tend to believe that men are
superior to women and hence also grow to become perpetrators of Intimate
Partner Violence. The mess created is the
boys who experience this menace at a tender age also growing up to do same to
their wives. An estimate of 56% or 63% depending on the severity of the situation is provided on the risk percentage at
which these children grow to become perpetrators of this act. (Roberts, Gilman,
Fitzmaurice, Decker & Koenen ,2010). A deeper analysis of this shows that,
when Intimate Partner violence itself does not end, then these 56% or 63%
children (boys especially) who experience IPV at younger ages would also grow
and do same to their wives, making the cycle a continuous one. With this factor, we can tell that physical violence
among intimate partners would still be persisting if the pragmatic initiatives
are not put in place.

While I believe that observing IPV at
a tender age is a reason why it persists, alcohol consumption does not cause
violence (Nakaya, 2008). Nakaya further explains that in the event of one
reporting his or her partner, for abusing him or her due to alcohol intake
there is no solid evidence that backs it up. The only proof they can provide is
that these perpetrators are regular users of alcohol and not that their
consumption of the alcohol which leads to
the violence. As a matter of fact, analysis from this point of view shows that
alcohol is known for its medicinal purposes and hence the notion that it is a
contributing factor to why Intimate Partner Violence persists is not solid.

In contrast with the analysis made by
Nakaya, Alcoholism is really causing men to be more aggressive and they project
these same aggressive attitudes against their wives. The World Health
Organization which is a trusted and worldwide reliable source informs us that
65% of women who are a physically abused
report that their husbands were under the excessive influence of alcohol. This
was based on research in South Africa in 1998.This alcohol makes them very
difficult in terms of understanding their wives. Consequently, it leads to
sexual abuse or even slapping the women at the least problem or mistake caused.

Nevertheless, I agree that the law
enforcement agencies are working tirelessly not to get this issue to be swept
under the carpet, there is a lot more to be done to drive this away from its
grounds which does not come on a silver platter. The black color which is
painted on women who divorce and thus making them unable to divorce. How low one’s
educational background is, can influence his attitudes towards his wife and
with this, as countries record high rate of illiteracy, then we should know
that IPV is persisting. In this view, children who also observe physical abuses
at home also grow to continue that trend of IPV. We couldn’t leave the
incidence of excessive alcoholism out as a contributing factor to the
prevalence of IPV since it is a form of addiction and so far, as it is occurring,
then IPV would not also stop. All in all, at a point where the world is getting
far, Africa is being left behind and this is due to these minor factors which
join to frame a strong IPV force.