Very few people recognize themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family conflicts that got out of control.In abusive relationships, there may be a cycle of abuse during which tensions rise and an act of violence is committed, followed by a period of reconciliation and calm.Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths.Globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women, and women tend to experience more severe forms of violence.Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners.Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly, and may be done for self-defense.
Historically, children had few protections from violence by their parents, and in many parts of the world, this is still the case.
[...] Indeed, in the case of violence against wives, there is a widespread belief that women provoke, can tolerate or even enjoy a certain level of violence from their spouses." The convention seeks to put an end to the toleration, in law or in practice, of violence against women and DV.
In its explanatory report it acknowledges the long tradition of European countries of ignoring, de jure or de facto, these forms of violence.
This publication urged countries around the world to treat DV as a criminal act, stated that the right to a private family life does not include the right to abuse family members, and acknowledged that, at the time of its writing, most legal systems considered DV to be largely outside the scope of the law, describing the situation at that time as follows: "Physical discipline of children is allowed and, indeed, encouraged in many legal systems and a large number of countries allow moderate physical chastisement of a wife or, if they do not do so now, have done so within the last 100 years.
Again, most legal systems fail to criminalize circumstances where a wife is forced to have sexual relations with her husband against her will.