It is the people and ideas that individuals are exposed to daily that has a high influence on our behavior.
According to the social learning theory, “people form ideas about how to behave and how to solve problems through observing influential people in their lives”(Johnson, 1996: 2).
The type of violence that so many are exposed to through society is not that of the private sphere, but the public sphere of violence.
Society teaches our children that walking alone at night is not safe and not to talk to strangers.
Children who are continuously exposed to violence through society may become desensitized to violence and view it as natural behavior.
Desensitization of violence can also occur from observing it in the family.
Many explanations from all areas have emerged about why wife abuse occurs and the costs it has on the family, all of which have contributed to further knowledge of wife abuse.
Some explanations have come to conclude that violence is natural or that violence is the husband’s right in order to maintain control over his wife.
These types of explanations are detrimental and need to be disregarded.
A sociological perspective does not hold faith in these types of examinations.