Male and female views on victimization in low income areas
Statistically it is inarguable that physical and psychological violence significantly increases in women in low income areas. This is especially true for women between 16 and 24. A large portion of victims do not come forth to report their abuse due to shame, fear, social pressure, and lack of faith in law enforcement. In low income areas many women feel as though the police simply do not care and cannot or will not take the necessary steps to help them. Internalizing these issues leads many of these women to alternative coping mechanisms such as drinking in hopes of drowning the pain.
Men in low income areas perpetuate this issue; in many areas violence against women is culturally acceptable if it is believed that the women “wronged” the man. This attitude is instilled in impressionable young men who grow up to be the mirror image of their violent male role models. Additionally, many believe that the victimized women “brought it on themselves” be it through action, dress, or additional so called triggers. This is more common in cultures where women are considered submissive to the man with virtually no power. By victimizing these women their “weakness” is further beat into them perpetuation the vicious cycle.
Despite this there are male driven organizations in low income areas attempting to make strides against this victimization. Many are targeting young men who fit the stigma of future adult aggressors and attempting to sway their views in order to lessen victimization in the future generation of women. These organizations are also proving counseling for women who have no support structure within their own community.