Divorce and Violence


Violence in the family is one of the leading causes of divorce. Mostof the partners seeking a legal action to dissolve their marriagesquote partner violence leading to the fear for their health and life. Studies show two-thirds of all the marriages experience someviolence. According to Breiding et al. (2014), about 40% of childrenhave witnessed seeing some violence in their parents.

Goldenberg and Goldenberg (2012) define violence as defined in theAmerican law involves an abuse by one partner in marriage throughpushing, shoving, hitting, sexual assault and other forms of physicalabuse. It also involves stalking, intimidating the other partner andwithholding money from the other partner. The National CoalitionAgainst Domestic Violence provides that on average, 20 people arephysically abused in their marriages (Breiding et al., 2014). Itequals to more than 1million individuals do every year.

Individuals experiencing violence in their relationships have a rightto seek divorce and terminate their relationships legally. However,any individuals seeking divorce must be separated from their partnersfor at least two months (Goldenberg &amp Goldenberg, 2012).Therefore, to protect the victims from further abuse, the law grantsthem with a no contact provision tats prohibits the abusive partnersfrom having any contact with them. The law also guarantees them theenforcement of the stay-away provision that restricts the abuser frombeing near the victim for a given distance.

Conclusively, 50% of all marriages in the United States fail.Twenty-eight percent of them dissolve due to violence and relatedcases (Goldenberg &amp Goldenberg, 2012). Most states are very clearon the provisions of violence, and they approach the matter to guardthe dignity of the victims and the children. Understanding the natureof violence in the family assists in determining the custody ofchildren for their safety.


Breiding, M. J.,Chen, J., &amp Black, M. C. (2014). Intimate partner violence inthe United States–2010. Atlanta, GA: National Center for InjuryPrevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Goldenberg, H., &ampGoldenberg, I. (2012). Family therapy: An overview. New York,N.Y: Cengage Learning.