While there are many solutions that engage individual and community action, there needs to be a change on the national level that seeks to tackle and take action against domestic violence, which includes:

  • Stronger Penalties for the Perpetrators: The penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence often include opportunities for counseling to avoid charges, especially for first-time offenders. The success rate of treatment and counseling is relatively low, since forcing perpetrators into treatment will certainly work for some but not for most, especially not for serial abusers. Serious penalties are needed to decrease the number of domestic violence incidents, and to send a message to other abusers.
  • Increased Assistance for Women to Become Financially Independent: Income and the financial situation of the couple greatly influence the occurrences of domestic violence, and income affects who has power in the relationship. A primary reason women stay in abusive relationships is because the women are economically dependent on their partner for the majority of their housing, food, and clothing needs. More programs and assistance that could help women become economically independent would provide women with the opportunity to leave abusive relationships and support themselves on their own.
  • Increased Funding for Support Services: Through the Family Violence Prevention and Support Act, the federal government only spends about $130 million on providing shelter, violence prevention activities, and improving service agencies working together in communities for domestic violence programs. Other federal programs provide services indirectly, and states put in their own money; however these measures still fall incredibly short of being able to provide the adequate resources programs need to be effective and efficient. Programs that focus on ending domestic violence are often the first to be eliminated when the federal government must make budget cuts, although increased funding is required to improve and expand domestic violence programs.  
  • Altered Family Court Treatment on Domestic Violence Cases: Family judges are generally not trained to deal with domestic abuse cases, and need to be provided with more specialized training so as to change the way they view and treat domestic violence in the court. More resources, such as specifically trained counselors who understand domestic violence, need to be provided as well.
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