Domestic Abuse Rise in Violence in 2008 Discussion

Domestic Abuse Rise in Violence in 2008 Discussion

Watch the PBS Bill Moyers’ Interview with Marta Pelaez: president and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services in San Antonio, Texas. (Links to an external site.)

  1. Although family violence is of epidemic proportions, rates of abuse have gone down over the decades in the U.S. Why do you think this is?
  2. According to Marta Pelaez, what was the cause of the rise in domestic violence in 2008? Do you think this cause is similar or different to the uptick we see today during COVID-19? Explain your reasoning.
  3. Discuss the cycle of abuse: according to Pelaez, why do women go back to their abuser? What is the average recidivism or return rate?


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