insanity and compentency
Scenario: You are a victim’s advocate with a specialty in domestic violence. The local police department has been dominated by a “good old boys” network of officers. Recently, there has been a rise in domestic violence cases in the police department’s jurisdiction. A female captain was also recently promoted to Chief of Police. She now has a daunting task of educating the officers under her command about the psychopathology of the victim and offender in a domestic violence relationship. The Chief has asked you to address 2 myths that you feel are important pertaining to the relationship between the victim and offender in a domestic violence environment. The Chief would like you to set the record straight on what these myths are and why they are not true.
n introducing her study of battered women, Lenore Walker (1979) described 21 myths about these women, their batterers, and the relationship among them. These are:
Myths on The Relationship Between the Victim and Offender in A Domestic Violence Environment
Domestic violence has been a deeply pervasive problem in the society. Although domestic violence can affect everyone, it is more prevalent in women and young girls that it is on men. Various myths exist on domestic violence, which need to be debunked. There two myths that I feel are more important pertaining to the relationship between the victim and the offender in a domestic violence environment. One of those myths is that battered women are masochistic and that they like and deserve the violence meted on them (Fulero & Wrightsman, 2009). Such a myth is untrue because irrespective of any sought of provocation, there is no justification for violence. In specific, violence against women is a violation of human rights and it should not be tolerated (Policastro & Payne, 2013). The solution to any prevailing issues should not be violence but rather seeking peaceful ways of resolving any family disputes.
The second myth that I feel is important to put the record straight on is that battered women can always leave home. Such a statement is a myth because women stay for a variety of reasons. One of those is that they resist to leave to ensure their own safety as well as that of their children. As a result, they decide to stay in a violent relationship because they have the fear of the unknown (Fulero & Wrightsman, 2009). Others feel that by leaving, they will be exposing themselves to ridicule from their friends and peers. As such, it is not always easy for battered women to leave. Not all women have the strength and will to say enough is enough and thus, leave an abusive and violent relationship.
Fulero, S. M., & Wrightsman, L. S. (2009). Forensic psychology. Cengage Learning.
Policastro, C., & Payne, B. K. (2013). The blameworthy victim: Domestic violence myths and the criminalization of victimhood. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(4), 329-347.