Atrocities of Domestic Violence

Atrocities of Domestic Violence

Aug 10

Human beings are capable of many things, but the terror and oppression that one being can inflict towards another is harrowing. Domestic violence has been a plague in human culture since the beginning of time. The dynamic between the male and female in relationships can easily be offset into a place of animalistic rage. This fragile state can be detrimental to the health of the relationship and the health of the victim of such oppression. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence released statistics to quantify the horrible aftermath for victims of domestic violence. They are crucial in explaining the effect that domestic violence can have on women, who make up the majority of domestic violence victims.

There are countless possible causes for domestic violence in today’s culture. Oversexualization of women in media, gender binary stereotypes, and reinforcement from popular figures in the current political administration, has gradually led to a normalization of abuse against intimate partners. The NCADV has published information that outlines issues faced by past victims of domestic violence. In one study they concluded that “on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States”. This alarmingly high rate of violence must be addressed and handled so that domestic violence does not continue to affect partners. At twenty people per minute, this annually equates to over ten million male and female survivors. Such a large portion of the population means most people either are or know first-hand survivors of such violence. In a particular case in Milwaukee, one victim was able to report her case and luckily have the judicial system adequately handle her abuser. The man repeatedly beat her, spewed flurries of verbal and mental abuse, and on more than one case made threats on her life. There are many factors that lead up to the primary incident between partners, yet none should justify violence in any form. The impact, physically and psychologically, on a victim has the potential to cause long lasting side effects. Another study found that “there is a relationship between intimate partner violence and depression and suicidal behavior”. Being physically oppressed and beaten is the antithesis to what human nature was designed to be. Men and women were not placed on this planet, coexisting, so that man could abuse his counterpart. The design of this existence is to make a new life in the form of flesh, thought, and compassion. Domestic violence is a direct contradiction to this.

In summary, domestic violence is a rampant plague on our society. Victims are usually unable to report their abuse because of threats of greater violence. Most cases involve men taking advantage of women because of their physical advantage. This must be focused on and fixed before we, as a culture, can progress. In the country, 15% of all violent crimes are domestic violence cases. This figure is unacceptable, and thankfully the future looks brighter as we see a growing voice for victims of this violence. The future, hopefully, can see a day where domestic violence has no place in any relationship.

Premarital Agreement: A Wise Financial Security in the Event of Divorce

Premarital Agreement: A Wise Financial Security in the Event of Divorce

Dec 29

A premarital agreement makes clear to those entering into marriage how their assets and properties, acquired either before or during marriage, ought to be distributed in case of divorce, legal separation or the death of one spouse. This agreement is actually a contract aimed at protecting the financial interests and future of both spouses, in case the marriage does not work and gets dissolved.

Though some engaged couples find premarital or prenuptial agreement as something that will only take away the romance in their relationship and substitute it with mistrust, many others see it as a wise financial security that will open more rooms and make couples more financially generous and open to one another.

The practice of entering into a premarital agreement takes it roots during the early 19th century, a time when women, who entered into marriage, were recognized only as “extensions” of their husbands. Back then, there was a law called “coverture,” which required women to relinquish their legal rights to their husbands upon marriage. Due to this law, married women lost their rights to get an education without their husband’s consent; they were also required to transfer their properties to their husbands, as well as sell or give up ownership of anything, transferring everything under the name of their husband. If ever allowed by their husbands to work, they will have to surrender to them everything they will earn. In the event of divorce, however, there was no guarantee that they will recover any of whatever they have given up.

The unjust effects of the coverture law were eradicated by the Married Women’s Property Act, which introduced and enforced the prenuptial agreement in 1848. It was this Act that gave back to married women all their rights, during and after marriage. Some of the real and actual advantages of the agreement were: preservation of inheritance and family ties; security over both business and personal properties made before marriage; and, assured protection of the financial security of the children.

Premarital agreements also allow for swift court decision on division of properties during a divorce case, saving divorcing couples headache, worry, money and time that lengthy discussions and arguments usually take. Financial experts advise engaged couples, though, who will decide to enter into a premarital agreement, to discuss the issue honestly, openly and candidly, so as not to make it sound and appear hurting or insulting to anyone.