punishing sibling violence. This is one of the most outrageous
and damaging examples of the cycle of violence in the family.In short, it is possible to eliminate the sequence of early experiences which teach millions of American children to use violence on those they love.
SUMMING UPThe steps we have proposed to reduce family violence involve extremely long-term changes in the fabric of a society
which now tends to tolerate, accept, and even encourage the
use of violence in families.Many of the proposals would appear to confront and challenge some of our basic notions about the privacy of the family
and the belief that a man's home is his castle. Some proposals
appear to be out of the question—can we ever achieve full employment? Can poverty be eliminated? Can we guarantee
health care to all Americans? Clearly, some of the steps we
propose are costly and some will seem completely unworkable.However, the alternative to taking steps such as those
outlined is a continuation and extension, and perhaps even an
escalation, of the deadly tradition of domestic violence which:
|1. ||Creates a cycle of violence.|
|2. ||Is one of the causes of all types of assault and homicide
outside of the home, including political assassination.|
|3. ||Makes the family a source of untold misery for millions of
Americans who know only violence and danger from those
who should most provide love and security.|
No meaningful change will take place without some drastic
social and familial changes and this means a change in the fundamental way we organize our lives, our families, and our society.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Behind Closed Doors:Violence in the American Family.
Contributors: Murray A. Straus - Author, Richard J. Gelles - Author, Suzanne K. Steinmetz - Author.
Publisher: Anchor Books.
Place of publication: Garden City, NY.
Publication year: 1980.
Page number: 244.
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