Accusations such as “You’re saying abused women are asking for it,” or “You’re blaming the victim,” get hurled.
No person — female or male — is asking for it, and no victim — female or male — should be blamed for what is done to them.
From this information researchers found that of the 18,761 relationships, 76 percent were non-violent and 24 percent were violent.
Of the 24 percent that were violent, half had been reciprocal and half had not — reciprocal meaning there was violence inflicted by both partners.
I approach this writing with some trepidation because it will run counter in some areas to the current debate regarding domestic violence.
When wading in these highly volatile and controversial waters, one finds that disclaimers – like life jackets – must be affixed to the body of the argument.
I’m merely broadening the definitions of abuser and victim.
If we are serious about addressing domestic violence, then we must deal with all of the incarnations of the realities of domestic violence.
In 2011, an estimated 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults — overwhelmingly against women — took place in the military.In fact, in the 71 percent of nonreciprocal partner violence instances, the instigator was the woman.This flies in the face of the long-held belief that female aggression in a relationship is most often predicated on self-defense.These numbers are not inconsequential and the frequency is far from insignificant.Jan Brown, executive director and founder of the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men, stated that “domestic violence is not about size, gender, or strength.
More than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year.