Many women of different cultural backgrounds, religions, or even sexual distinctions have been victims of this heinous act. Gender-based violence is not selective, is perpetrated against women regardless of their age, or social status hence representing a significant threat to the health of the woman involved, and sometimes even her life. This paper delves into the societal “norms” that create social conditions for male violence against women in intimate relationships.
Women are faced with various forms of violence in particular because they find themselves in a social setting that views them as inferior hence discriminating against them. The presence of violence against women in intimate or domestic relationships clearly defines the power inequality that exists between women and men in any society (Garcia-Moreno et al., 2006). This is, therefore, a sign that violence against women is a manifestation of the need by men to maintain power over them and ultimately discriminate against them.
An analysis of violence against women can be done in various ways. The structural point of view is not specific with regard to the traits of the abusive man or the woman being violated. It is the structure of the gender power that forms the basis for the violence against women, which pervades the social order everywhere including domestic relationships. The independently oriented analysis tends to take an individual approach with focus being made on the basis of the victims childhood, economic as well as social status among other considerations that affect their lives and that of their aggressors.
Another view of violence against women can be seen in the system theory that delves into the imbalances present in the particular family. Lastly, violence against women is viewed as a biological model with various factors in society and the interaction between both the