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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & DEMOCRACY .. DOMESTIC ABUSE GETTING MORE COMPLEX — UN Dep-Sec-Gen, Amina J. Mohammed

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THERE CAN BE NO HAPPY HOME WHERE CHILDREN ARE BROUGHT UP IN CIRCUMSTANCES OF TERROR … CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  THE FAMILY AS THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTITUTION According to World Value Surveys highlighted by the UN agency named above, the family remains the most important institution, valued by the society, in particular in Latin America. Nevertheless, Governments do not invest in families in line with this societal perspective. Strengthening of family stability, and improving of communicational and behavioral skills of family members could contribute to developing individual and relational capacities, which would, in turn, have a positive impact on other areas of well-being and social life. Democracy doesn’t necessarily refer to the political choice of elections as practiced in representative democracies. Democracy also happens in family units, as in where couples agree on decisions and choices without circumventing unwritten rules of marriage as ordained by God. Democracy abhors bullying and autocracy at home. There is, therefore, a correlation between domestic violence and democracy. Nelson Mandela argued that ‘’No country, no city, no community is immune. ‘’But neither are we powerless against it.’’ According to Mandela, ‘’Violence thrives in the absence of democracy, respect for human rights and good governance. ‘’Many who live with violence day in and day out assume that it is an intrinsic part of the human condition. But this is not so. ‘’Violence can be prevented. Violent cultures can be turned around.’’ And every so often, aggressors get away with these acts committed with impunity because of lack of enlightenment on the affected whose right is violated. The foregoing, therefore, makes it abundantly clear that domestic violence could involve one or more of the above descriptions. Victims don’t have to be beaten or assaulted physically for violence to occur. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE What is domestic violence? It is important to note that violence is not committed only in the battlefields of where acts of aggression are recorded. Description could vary from one society to the other based on cultures, norms and beliefs. The most common forms of domestic violence are sexual or gender violence, child abuse, physical violence, and economic violence. The danger is that a personality, particularly in the Third World may be involved in acts tantamount to domestic violence without actually knowing the implications of the aggression being committed. We must first understand what domestic violence means before addressing the effects. The dictionary describes violence as…

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