This annotated bibliography aims to serve the purposes of researching and adding to the issue of domestic violence and abuse bringing to special focus the impact of such violence on every member of the family. Women of the house are the usual targets and the impact of the abuse often leaves a deep impact on not only the psychology of these women but also the children being raised in such a house.
Davis, R.L. (1998). Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies. USA: Greenwood Publishing Group.
Richard Davis has provided a brief insight into the impacts of domestic violence and his own encounters with it have helped him provide a view that encompasses all aspects of this issue. He has provided a new perspective to solving the still raging issue of domestic violence through a change in the very basics rather than using the criminal justice system to impose restraining orders without providing an alternative support system for the families. At times the book seems to get lost in the stretchy details of defining domestic violence and enumerating the history of gender relationships in our society. However, what keeps the book insightful is the anecdotes that the writer’s career has to offer and the lesson learned from each in terms of how the system can be corrected.
Fantuzzo, J.W. & Mohr, W.K. (1999). Prevalence and Effects of Child Exposure to Domestic Violence, The Future of Children, Vol. 9, No. 3, pg. 21-32. Retrieved June 20, 2014 from http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/09_03_1.pdf.
This explanatory article shifts focus from the long sought victims of abuse – children – to another major set of victims – women. Domestic Violence and its physical and mental impacts have been studied only limitedly so far as claimed by Fantuzzo and Mohr. They state that databases and methodologies need to be further developed in order to truly identify causes of Domestic Violence in order to channel public and private funds adequately in not only developing appropriate measures but also fuelling appropriate research facilities. For the purpose of this thesis, this article can provide a sound basis for shaping the recommendations to both public and private institutions that aim to bring a change.
Interviews conducted with participants of various Domestic Violence Mitigation Programs.
Interviews that were conducted with the agents of change working through different programs such as the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have brought great insight to the implications of changing literature on the topic of Domestic Violence and its impacts. These interview results form the main evidence proving the effectiveness of various behavioral and social modifications to family therapies and thus form an integral part of the thesis.
Aaj News. (2014). PIPPALWALA - A VILLAGE FREE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Retrieved June 20, 2014 from http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1zesh9_pippalwala-a-village-free-from-domestic-violence_news.
The video broadcasted by Aaj News, a Pakistani news network, has brought to light the issues of domestic violence that stem from illiteracy and mainly prevail in the Third World Countries. The study relates to the Pippalwala village in Multan that has now become free of domestic violence. The initiative of a single Women’s Rights Representative, Shahista Bukhari, has taken seven long years to bring about a change in the mental framework of males in this village. Such a case provides a new perspective towards what kinds of initiatives can help to change the very basic causes of domestic violence. However, the documentary cannot be taken as a final verdict on solutions to this grave problem as the effort belongs to a very small group of people in a village with a long term effort required to bring about a change. Similar results cannot be expected in all cases.
Yes I Can. (2014). Domestic Violence. Retrieved June 20, 2014, from http://www.yesican.org/domestic.html.
YesICan.org provides a detailed list of topics and answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the nature of domestic violence and how can the cycle of violence be broken through an understanding of the causes behind it. The Domestic Violence Victim’s Handbook not only covers a range of topics but also runs an encouraging tone to teach those being abused or living in a household with a domestic violence situation, to stand out and make a difference by breaking the cycle of domestic violence. However, in some instances the content of the site goes from being to encouraging to becoming a fantasized situation far from practicality as victims may not be able to muster such strength unless extensively counseled. The content on the website can provide useful definitions and important insights into the reasons behind domestic violence becoming s chain behavior in a household for the purpose of this thesis.