Essay Sample on Fight Against Domestic Violence

Published: 2021-06-25
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Most societies today and before are faced with domestic violence as a major family problem. In most cases, the women are the victims of domestic violence. The causes of domestic violence have not been outlined properly because in most cases they are things that would be considered as a normal misunderstanding between couples or among families. As a result of the increased cases of domestic violence, people have made various efforts to curb the situation. Among the efforts include the emergence of certain organizations whose aim is to ensure that the society is relieved from domestic violence. One of the movements fighting against domestic violence was collaboration between Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, which is a multi-media health promotion program based in South Africa and the National Network on Violence against Women (Usdin et al. 2435). This organization was formed to help solve the increasing cases of domestic violence in Seoul.

The program in its efforts to eliminate domestic violence within the area was faced with various problems and opportunities in its urge to become the best organization to eradicate domestic violence within the area. The collaboration had various strengths and weaknesses. The strengths of the collaboration include the partnership for social change (Usdin et al. 2439). The partnership between Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, which is a multi-media health promotion program based in South Africa and the National Network on Violence against Women was the strength of the program. The collaboration had several opportunities as a result of the collaboration. Every organization in the partnership had an aim to eradicate domestic violence. All efforts were aimed at eradicating domestic violence through all means possible (Usdin et al. 2440). The dedication of the two organizations was their major strength and if taken advantage of, there would be a great chance for the collaboration to be successful in eradicating domestic violence.

The other strength of the movement was that the program was aired on television. The intention to create awareness on the program was successful as one of the means used in spreading the word on domestic violence was the television. The television with the many viewers it has could be the best way to pass the information on gender-based violence. Most people in South Africa were realized to depend majorly on the television for information (Usdin et al. 2441). The over dependence on the television for information was a better platform to pass information to the people concerning the effects of domestic violence. the television dependency for passing the information was a success based on the research that was conducted later in Seoul.

On the other hand, the collaboration's fight against gender-based violence had certain weaknesses that either delayed its progress to success or consumed much of its time and resources. One of the weaknesses was that all the processes involved undermined the men and discriminated them as bad people to the society. The fact that seemed to have escaped from the organizers of the fight against domestic violence was that in one way or another, the men had to be involved in the fight against domestic violence as it involved them as well (Usdin et al. 2423). The participation of the men was neglected and that was on the weakness that the organizers did not identify. The other concern that the movement ought to have considered was that there are cases of gender violence where the men are also mistreated by the women. Considering the two concerns would have invited the collaboration of the men in the fight.

Creating the toll-free line for women to report the domestic violence incidences was not appropriate. The toll-free line could have been used to report some verbal cases of violence or certain forms of violence that would have been solved peacefully at home. Additionally, the toll-free line would have been used by the women to accuse men wrongfully based on other grudges other that domestic violence, which was the target of the organization (Usdin et al. 2445). Creating a toll-free line for the women might be translated to mean that the men were assumed by the program. The program should have considered that both men and women suffered domestic violence. The difference was that most victims were the women. The line should have been designed to serve both genders such that the program would be fairer to both genders.

In conclusion, the fight against domestic violence as initiated by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, which is a multi-media health promotion program based in South Africa and the National Network on Violence against Women in South Africa was a great movement for the society. However, the movement faced certain challenges due to its organization and execution of its attempts to eradicate domestic violence. The strengths of the program and its weaknesses as having been discussed appeared to be a balance. The delay in goal achievement for the organization is as a result of the shortcomings discussed in this essay. Otherwise, the movement to eradicate domestic violence has an effect in Seoul.

Works Cited

Usdin, Shereen, et al. "Achieving social change on gender-based violence: a report on the impact evaluation of Soul City's fourth series." Social Science & Medicine 61.11 (2005): 2434-2445.



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