Intimidated to death
In the country, a woman is beaten every 18 seconds. Every year, about three million women are subjected to all sorts of harassment. They are beaten on the cheeks, punched, kicked, pricked, and 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, cruelty towards women is a growing social problem. A group of Washington researchers working at the Institute of World Affairs write that this is “the most common, but least of all conscious, sphere of human rights violation in the world.” In 1989, the Institute reported that in some third world countries, up to 80 percent of women are subjected to ill-treatment. As for the United States, almost 16 percent of women in the country suffer from the cruelty of their husbands.
It is amazing how much treatment costs for victims of violence. Beaten women go 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 accounted for half of the patients in the hospital with various 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 battered women made attempts to commit suicide.
But when victims seek help from the police or from medical personnel, they meet with little sympathy. “These women are the only victims of crime in our society who are expected to destroy their lives, leave their homes, and give up their property, and possibly children, to solve their problems,” said Cynthia Gillespie, a lawyer from Seattle and The author of the book “Acquititated murder: battered 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 lies, telling how they got injured," notes Layla Wallis, MD, professor, clinician at the medical college at Cornell University in New York. Currently, the Association trains women doctors to recognize injuries resulting from domestic violence, despite the fact that women themselves have denied the fact of violence. ”
Very seldom abused women are generally considered victims of crime. Although a number of studies have established a link between police appeals on the occasion of domestic turmoil and murder, 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 the assistant district prosecutor “to find the assassin”, who would have dealt with her aggressive boyfriend. Instead, she killed him herself, and, unlike most cases of women killing their torturers, the court treated her condescendingly.