Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence


Affection, unity, and respect are examples of positive characteristics expected in a marital relationship. Yet there is conclusive evidence that husband initiated marital violence remains a historical and current norm. The reasons for this phenomenon have been extensively researched, and related factors have been identified (Pagelow, 89).

The most consistent factor in developmental background of both abusers and victims is previous exposure to violence (Strauss & Gelles, 42). This exposure usually originates in the family of origin, where children are either victims or witnesses of violence against other family members. The effect of this exposure, combined with individual developmental variables, is uniquely experienced and interpreted. However, distinct developmental patterns are noted repeatedly in men and women who come from violent homes.

Apart from men violence, there are also numbers of examples of women violence and unfortunately men have less legal protection or power as compared to women, because women are considered weak. But the reality has contradiction with the above statement. Let's study in detail about the violence of women on men.

Women against Men

Battered husbands have historically been either ignored or subjected to ridicule or abuse. In 1974, a study was done which compared male and female domestic violence. In that study, it was found that 47% of husbands had used physical violence on their wives, and 33% of wives had used violence on their husbands (Strauss & Gelles, 45).

In 1974, a study was released showing that the number of murders of women by men (17.5% of total homicides) was about the same as the number of murders of men by women (16.4% of total homicides). In 1958, an investigation of spousal homicide between 1948 and 1952 found that 7.8% of murder victims were husbands murdered by wives, and 8% were wives murdered by husbands. 17% of women and 7% of men reported engaging in severe physical aggression. 35% of the men and 30% of the women reported having been abused. 52% of the abuse victims were men. However, Women's violence is hard to believe.

Studies of women who murder

It is said these weren't poor battered women. Violence in gay and lesbian relationships is rarely discussed, and violence against men in heterosexual relationships less so.

Battered men wonder where to turn

The terms "wife beating" and "battered women" have become political expressions, rather than descriptions of reality.

Legislation about domestic violence is always orientated toward the female victim.

Simply opening up "Women's Shelters" to men is not enough.

Domestic violence has at least two sides. We have been asked, Do men and women marry people knowing full well that they may wind up beaten or killed? The proof is in the recidivism rates for both men and women who either return to the abusive relationship or leave it only to resume the violence with a new partner (Hines and Douglas, 580).

To avoid confronting evidence of women's violence against men, many women's advocates argue that men are stronger and do more damage. Although there are many men who are not stronger, generally men are ...
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