Story of domestic violence: The penis as weapon and immigration status as a means to humilate and intimidate the victim
Immigration status as a means
to humiliate and intimidate the victim by the perpetrator husband
By: Jorge Yeshayahu Gonzales-Lara
This is the story of Mary a Dominican women as a victim of domestic violence that occurred in the city of New York. Unlike victims of stranger violence, victims of domestic violence cannot walk away, even if the abuser would let them. The complexity and strength of the intimate relationship creates many barriers to dissolution.
Domestic violence is behavior done in the context of an adult intimate relationship. In domestic violence cases, the abused party and the perpetrator are intimates usually family or ex-family to each other. The abused party is affected by domestic violence in many of the same ways as victims of violence perpetrated by strangers, but also is affected in unique ways since the abuser is an intimate rather than a stranger.
However, such effects of trauma are accentuated and recidivism is more likely in domestic violen…