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SPECIFIC POPULATION AND THE ADVOCATE ROLE 2 Specific Population and the Advocate Role Special population is a term with different meanings, depending on the area ofoccurrence. It can best be describes as a group of people who are at some type of disadvantage.Advocates are the voice of special populations. Abused women are a type of special population.It is a special population which needs attention. Abused women and men have rights and needour help to overcome their situations. This paper will address the role of an advocate and howthey can assist the special population of abused women. Abused Women Abused women are a special population which can include emotional, mental, physical,and sexual abuse. “Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coercedinto sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injuryto women. Statistics says every 9 seconds a female is beaten or sexually assaulted,” (DomesticViolence Statistics, 2012).These results prove abused women need an advocate to fight for themand their rights. Even though the number of men who are abuse victims is low there is still aneed for assistance on their behalf. The gender should not be a separate issue but a united answerto assist the victims. Restraining orders are issued to protect victims of abuse. They are supposed to ease themind and lift burdens off of the victim’s shoulders. Yet they do not. “The National ViolenceAgainst Women found that approximately one-half of the protection orders women took outagainst males were known to have been violated and nearly one-third of the orders men hadagainst women were basically ignored,” (Charles E. Corry, 2012). Advocacy, actively supporting verbally or aiding others, is needed to assist abusedwomen. The first thing which needs to be changed is the laws surrounding restraining orders.
SPECIFIC POPULATION AND THE ADVOCATE ROLE 3Victims need to feel safe and secure so he or she would feel comfortable reporting and followingthrough with charges against those who abused them. The laws which are in place do little toactually protect women. A person can harass their victims and the law does little to back up therestraining orders. When someone breaks a restraining order they need to be taken immediatelyinto custody. There should be some type of punishment to those who break the restrainingorders. Whether it is jail time, steeper probation time or a fine, some punishment needs to berendered to those who break restraining orders. Maybe if there is some type of punishment forbreaking the restraining order less abusers will break them.Housing is another issue which needs to be advocated on behalf of abused women. Many victimsof abuse become homeless in their pursuit to freedom. There are not enough shelters to housethe millions of abusers. “Lack of affordable housing and long waiting listsfor assisted housingmean that many women and their children are forced to choose betweenabuse at home or life onthe streets. Moreover, shelters are frequently filled to capacity and mustturn away batteredwomen and their children. An estimated 29% of requests for shelter byhomeless families weredenied in 2006 due to lack of resources,” (Domestic Violence and Homelessness, 2012). Thereneeds to more housing for the victims of abuse. It would be nice if more abandoned buildings incities could be transformed to shelters. This way eyesore could be turned into shelter for those inneed.Shelters are doing all they can to keep up with the demand of safe housing. More grants need tobe obtained to assist shelters with short and long term medical assistance. Also, clinics andhospitals could pro bono some services to the victims. Victims would be able to get medicalattention and doctors, clinics, and hospitals could get tax right off for their assistance. Domesticabuse cost the United States in excess of 5.8 billion dollars a year, (Domestic Violence Statistics,
SPECIFIC POPULATION AND THE ADVOCATE ROLE 42012). A program which would include past victims who are nurses, doctors, or medical staffcould assist with short term care. They can go to shelters and assist victims there. Long term carecould be done by clinics and hospitals. Using past victims of abuse could show the victims theycan make it. It would be encouragement to victims to try and not give up and let theirperpetrators win.Victims of abuse should not be looked down upon whether they are men or women. Even thoughthere are fewer men who are victims they should not be looked down upon. After being abusedvictims self-worth and self-esteem is very low. Counseling programs need to be set up to assistvictim’s work through their negative outlook. Feeling and being treated as normal is somethingvictims want. When people pity them or try to do everything for them they are doing an injustice.Helping them get back on their feet and living a productive life should be everyone’s goal. Thereason it should be everyone’s goal is because everyone needs some type of help or assistance.Programs which assist with professional attire, interview and job skills, and transportation needto be in place in every city. Those who were not able to complete school should not feel as ifthey have to work in fast food restaurants for the rest of their lives. GED courses should be moreaccessible. Libraries, shelters, and even school districts be able to accommodate GED classes.Grants are available to fund these programs and advocates can work with grant writers to getprograms started. Domestic violence perpetrators need to face stiffer penalties and punishment. “Someonecommits animal abuse and it lands them in jail for at least 6 to 12 months or more. If a man beatshis wife, hes generally off the hook or at least out on probation in no time at all,” (Daughety,2009). Advocators need to fight for longer jail time. This way the perpetrator will be less likelyto berepeat offenders.
SPECIFIC POPULATION AND THE ADVOCATE ROLE 5 Abused women are a special population which needs more support from advocators. There isa number of areas an advocator can assist the special population of abused women. Whether it ishousing, education, medical assistance, or counseling abusers have the right to be more secureand free from their abusers. More protection such as more jail time and less probation is neededto assist in the battle and break the cycle of abuse. With millions of victims the time is now tosupport the many men and women of abuse.
SPECIFIC POPULATION AND THE ADVOCATE ROLE 6 ReferencesDomestic Violence and Homelessness. (2012). Retrieved July 30, 2012, from National Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/domestic.pdfDomestic Violence Statistics. (2012). Retrieved July 29, 2012, from Domesitc Violence Statistics: http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics/Charles E. Corry, P. (2012, July 28). Protection Orders Do Not Protect . Retrieved July 29, 2012, from Equal Justice Foundation: http://www.dvmen.org/dv-14.htmDaughety, A. (2009, July 3). Domestic Violence - Crime and Unjust Punishment. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from Ezine Articles: http://ezinearticles.com/?Domestic-Violence---Crime-and- Unjust-Punishment&id=2562407