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Overview of Domestic Violence


Also referred to as spousal abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, and child abuse, domestic violence consists of an array of abusive conducts by one or both associates in an intimate relationship such as dating, family, friends, cohabitation or marriage (CWF, 2016). Common forms of domestic violence include physical aggression behaviour such as kicking, hitting, shoving, biting and restraining, or threats involving emotional abuse, intimidation, sexual abuse and economic deprivation. This paper describes how one should prepare the environment including financial arrangements when planning to address domestic violence issues in a given setting. The paper also describes different group activities with an outline of six sessions targeting to combat domestic violence in the identified region.

Preparation of the Environment

Women Aid (2016) avers that planning is an essential step towards achieving the success and sustainability of a given program. Choosing an appropriate setting before deciding on the source of financial support is a critical step. Domestic violence can be addressed in places such as schools, worshipping areas and community gathering centres such as market places. A project manager should source for adequate funding by using a variety of mechanisms. Such strategies should entail writing a funding proposal to humanitarian organizations such as Child and Women Rights centres to help them in addressing this challenge (Women Aid, 2016). Community members must be involved actively starting from planning, implementation and evaluation phases to ensure that there is sustainability of the program.

Activities of the Group

According to CWF (2016), community members have many activities to perform to help in the reduction of prevalence and the impact of domestic violence. These activities can occur in different six sessions. The first step should involve planning of the activities expected to occur during the process. Secondly, the group should get prepared by assembling all the necessary resources needed for the success of the plan such as sourcing for financial aids. The third session will entail choosing of volunteers and practitioners before getting on the ground to conduct the real exercise.

The fourth session entailing collection of information concerning the prevalence and effects of domestic violence should be followed by a special meeting that discusses the information gathered during the community visits. Lastly, a meeting should be held on a monthly basis to offer provide support required for the incumbents safety as well as identifying the perpetrators of domestic violence. The meeting should create a safety plan for each and every victim. .


Domestic violence affects all groups in the society despite of gender, age, religion, race, sexuality, wealth or geography. Despite the majority of those affected being women, research also mentions prevalence and context of male victims. Domestic violence has far reaching impacts such as loss of life, therefore, combined efforts targeting the involvement of all sectors is essential in addressing its effects.


Women Aid (2016). Frequently Asked Questions. Federation of Northern Ireland. Retrieved on 1st September 2016 from: http://www.womensaidni.org/domestic-violence/frequently-asked-questions/

Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) (2016). The Facts About Violence Against Women. Retrieved on 1st September 2016 from: