Domestic violence can be seen almost in every society. It is committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. In its broadest sense, domestic violence also involves violence against children, parents, or the elderly. In Domestic violence the violence isn’t always physical, it can be verbal, emotional torture, acid throwing, and honor killings.
If we talk about Pakistan, victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women. Pakistani women tend to face severe kinds of violence (mostly physical) by men. This is because of the social stigmas regarding “male domination” that men have power over women. Domestic violence often occurs when the abuser believes that abuse is an entitlement, acceptable, justified, or unlikely to be reported. In Pakistan the cases of
Domestic violence is not reported or registered because the police think that it’s a very common issue and should be resolved privately. Many people do not recognize themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family conflicts that got out of control. Awareness, perception, definition, and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country. Domestic violence often happens in the context of forced or child marriage.
In many cultures, victims of rape are considered to have brought dishonor or disgrace to their families and face severe familial violence like honor killings. Even millions of children witness domestic violence each year in the US. There has been an increase in acknowledgment that a child who is exposed to domestic abuse during their upbringing will suffer developmental and psychological damage
Cases of domestic violence should be registered by the police and strict punishment should be given to them. This social issue shouldn’t be considered “normal” and the government should make several laws for this issue. Raising a voice against violence can bring a big change to society. Eliminating the structural factors that support inequalities is also likely to make a significant contribution to prevent sexual violence.
Badlay Ga Pakistan’s mission is to create social awareness among masses that are blinded by their self-interest and don’t see the impact of their actions.