Domestic Violence Affects Men And Women

Springer Publishing Company’s  journal Partner Abuse  just published a comprehensive review of domestic dreamstimefree_12410790violence research.

Here are their findings – get ready to be surprised.

1. Women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse at comparable rates to men.

2. Women engage in control behaviors at comparable rates to men.

3. Similar motives exist for both women and men.

4. Most abuse is low level violence such as pushing and shoving. When it gets more violent, women suffer more physical damage.

5. 60% of domestic violence is bi-directional meaning both partners engage in it.

6. Women rarely get court ordered counseling.

I think we have ignored women’s roles in domestic abuse because we tend to think about high violence and the physical superiority of men. We fail to recognize how prevalent lower levels of abuse can be. Also, men are far less likely to report or complain about low levels of domestic abuse.

The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project, or PASK, was a three-year research project conducted by 42 scholars at 20 universities and research centers.

Watch a video interview with the editor of the journal, John Hamel.

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