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Domestic Violence: Are Intervention Systems Really Working?

Domestic violence is violence that takes place in a domestic home. It can be instigated by a man or woman, by a child or an adult. And it affects everyone. Thankfully there are many intervention systems that have been designed to try and stop the violence before it starts. But are they really working? These programs have been designed by government and non-government agencies alike in response to the rising rates of domestic violence cases and reports. The issue is a serious one and not all systems will prove effective for all situations. That is in part why the effectiveness of a particular system is difficult to measure.

One of the most popular systems is to of course communicate better. People are taught to improve communication in their household, and through improved communication they can avoid fights that would have otherwise led to violence. However this particular system is quite ineffective at stopping violence especially when one member of the group does not want to talk. If a spouse is refusing to speak and instead using violence, then continually talking to them may not amount to anything. If one spouse is prone to violence after heavy drinking or drug use, an intervention system might be to kick that habit. But these will only be effective if the person truly wants to change their habits. If they change for anyone but themselves, it will cultivate resentment toward the person for whom they changed and may in fact fuel the fire at times.

Other systems include self-defense systems. Men and women can be taught ways to block typical attacks at home and in public. They can be taught how to stop a fight before it begins, after words have failed. If their significant other does not want to talk, and instead takes a swing at them or throws something at them, these programs teach the victim how to stop the attack and hold the attacker, preventing them from hurting the victim any more.

All in all the issue of domestic violence is a serious one. People in those situations feel trapped but with intervention systems, they have a way out. The effectiveness of these systems can be gauged by the number of reports, and the decline of them, and personal stories of victory in said situations. Since every situation is different, not all systems will fit. But that does not mean they are not working.

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