Intimidated to death
In the country, a woman is beaten every 18 seconds. Every year, about three million women are subjected to all kinds of bullying; they are beaten on the cheeks, punched, kicked, stabbed, burned by men who say they love them. Every day four women are killed, many of them are killed after they leave their tormentors.
Experts agree that violence, violence against women is a growing social problem. A group of researchers from Washington, working at the Institute for World Issues, write that this is "the most common, but least of all, conscious area of human rights violation worldwide." In 1989, the Institute reported that up to 80 percent of women were abused in some Third World countries. In the United States, nearly 16 percent of women in the country suffer from the cruelty of their husbands.
It is amazing how much treatment for victims of violence costs. Beaten up women are admitted to hospitals more often than patients with appendicitis. In one of the hospitals, 70 percent of the victims of violence were battered women. In the other, they made up half of the patients who were hospitalized with various kinds of injuries.
Many battered women suffer from psychological problems, including anxiety and depression. According to the results of one of the studies, a third of the 100 women being beaten made attempts to commit suicide.
But, when victims seek help from the police or medical personnel, they find little sympathy. “These women are the only victims of crime in our society who are expected to ruin their lives, leave their homes, give up their property and possibly children, in order to solve their problems,” said Cynthia Gillespie, a lawyer from Seattle and The author of the book “Justified Killing: Beaten Women, Self-Defense and the Law”, which explores how the law applies to women who kill their tormentors.
“Many women come to the waiting room with hematomas and fractures and tell a lie, telling how they got injured,” remarks Laila Wallis, MD, professor of clinical medicine at Cornell University College of New York. The Association is currently training female doctors to recognize the damage sustained as a result of domestic violence, despite the fact that the women themselves have denied violence.
Very rarely, abused women are generally considered victims of crime. Although a number of studies have found a connection between police contact for domestic troubles and murders, sometimes the police do not respond at all to desperate calls for help. One of the women who appealed to the local prosecutor's office for help received advice from an assistant district prosecutor to "find a hired killer" who would crack down on her aggressive friend. Instead, she killed him herself, and, unlike most cases of women killing their torturers, the court treated her indulgently.