Evaluate the causes and consequences of intimate partner violence (CLO5)

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In this unit, we will focus on the causes and consequences of intimate partner violence. Our study of violence in families will include defining what intimate partner violence is, who the abusers are, types of abuse, the cycle of violence, why women stay, child abuse, and elder abuse. The feminist theory and its application to the family will also be examined.


Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the causes and consequences of intimate partner violence (CLO5)
  2. Apply the feminist theory to family (CLO1)
  3. Apply knowledge to everyday lives and their own lives (CLO6)


After reading the articles assigned for the week in your Ferguson text, fully answer the questions asked on each article. Each unit, you are required to post to ALL discussion prompts but only one peer post per unit is required. You must post first before you will see other classmate’s postings.

Topic 1: “Gender, diversity and violence: Extending the feminist framework”

The author argues that gender and power are key when examining domestic violence. What does the author mean by this? Find a “Power and Control Wheel” on a website pertaining to domestic violence and explain it. Be sure to include the website in your posting.

How are gender, race, and class interconnected with respond to violence and why must we consider all three?

Topic 2: “Lifting the veil of secrecy: Domestic violence against south Asian women in the United States”

In this article, the author examines domestic violence against South Asian women in the United States. Why do many wives continue to stay with their abusive husbands? What social forces are at work here that make many of the women feel so isolated? What makes their domestic violence issues different than other abused women? What are your thoughts on this reading?

Topic 3: “Abuse across the life course: Elder abuse”

Why is elder abuse becoming more prevalent in the US? What are some of the causes of elder abuse? How of the emergence of the sandwich generation cause structural changes in the family that can lead to elder abuse? What can be done to prevent elder abuse? Please share your experiences if you are a caregiver.

Topic 4: If you have experienced intimate partner violence, what were the possible causes and consequences of it? If you have not, do you know anyone who has, and what were the causes and consequences of it?

Due Dates

  • First post due 11:59 p.m., Thursday CT
  • Respond to one or more classmates by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.


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