Summary: This article discusses the relationship between gender and domestic violence. For many reasons, people commonly believe that domestic violence is more likely equal to wife abuse or woman abuse. But this prejudice is erroneous. On the one hand, because of the definition of domestic violence including dating or cohabitation and modern research finds that husbands as well as wives may be victims, domestic violence is not more likely equal to wife abuse. On the other hand, domestic violence is not more likely equal to woman abuse either. This article lists three reasons: Finding equal or greater frequency of man abuse; The difficulty in determining the “battered men”;The great acceptance for abuse perpetrated by females which makes studies more difficult. This article concludes that the relationship between gender and domestic violence is a controversial issue and domestic violence is not more likely equal to wife abuse nor woman abuse.
It's commonly believed that domestic violence is more likely equal to wife abuse or woman abuse. They are closely associated in public's mind when referring to domestic violence. However, in fact, domestic violence is so complicated that is not just more likely equal to wife abuse nor woman abuse. While domestic violence includes same-sex violence, this discussion of domestic violence will be limited to heterosexual relationship.
A common viewpoint, may be paraphrased as follows: "Domestic violence is more likely equal to wife abuse. Wife abuse is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between wives and husbands which has led to domination over wives by husbands. "
This viewpoint is erroneous. Domestic violence is defined as "a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation.”In fact, many victims are not actually married to the abuser, but rather cohabiting.
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