women commit (over) half of domestic violence

Centers For Disease Control Finds Women Commit Half Of Domestic Violence, Reports National Coalition of Free Men

NCFM calls for accuracy in media during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October

LOS ANGELES/EWORLDWIRE/Sep. 24, 2007 — October is domestic violence awareness month. In May 2007, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published its latest study which found almost one-fourth of relationships had violence, about half of which was reciprocal, and the researchers were “surprised” to find that


and men incurred significant injuries (‘http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/15/31-a‘) (‘http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/97/5/941‘).

The CDC’s Web site also cites data showing: “In the United States every year, about 1.5 million women and more than 800,000 men are raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner,” and 24 percent of intimate partner homicide victims were male (‘http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/ipvfacts.htm‘)

Experts have expressed concern that male victims have been unfairly ignored due to gender-driven politics and that this contributes to the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence. When male victims are ignored or just “take it,” their children suffer long-term damage by the exposure and are more likely to commit the violence as adults.

The mass media often contributes to this neglect by framing domestic violence as “battered women” or as primarily a male crime and by citing inaccurate crime data. The media says “men and women” when covering soldiers or fire-fighters; it should do the same for male domestic violence victims. The National Coalition of Free Men calls on the media for fair reporting this October. As Dear Abby said, “Domestic violence is a human problem, not a gender problem.”

In addition to the CDC data, a recent 32-nation study by the University of New Hampshire found women commit half of all partner violence and are just as controlling as men (‘http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2006/may/em_060519male.cfm?type=n‘) (‘http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID41E2.pdf‘).

A University of Florida study recently found women are more likely than men to “stalk, attack and abuse” their partners (‘http://news.ufl.edu/2006/07/13/women-attackers/‘).

The University of Washington recently found similar results (‘http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070625111433.htm‘).

In fact, although men are less likely to report the violence – which distorts crime data, virtually all randomized sociological surveys show women initiate domestic violence as often as men and use weapons more than men, that men suffer one-third of injuries, and that self-defense explains only a small portion of domestic violence by either sex. Professor Martin Fiebert of California State University summarizes this data in an online bibliography at (‘http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm‘).

A recent study in the Journal of Family Violence found many male callers to a national hotline experienced severe violence from female partners who used violence to control them (‘http://www.springerlink.com/content/a7q0032j88817218/fulltext.pdf‘).

A University of Pennsylvania emergency room report found 13 percent of men were assaulted by a female partner in the previous 12 months, 37 percent with a weapon, and 14 percent required medical attention (‘http://www.aemj.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/8/786‘).

Contact: Marc E. Angelucci, Esq.
(626) 319-3081

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~ by quintal on 29 April, 2010.

4 Responses to “women commit (over) half of domestic violence”

  1. oh my. never fear. we are getting our comeuppance. i love statistics. you can make then say anything, can’t you?

    • well yeah you can make stats say anything but the current cultural bias in “western” societies is about 100% in favor of the “women are victims, men are perpetrators” view so I would expect stats to be used to lie in that direction, not in the opposite one.

      but the article reports that bias already :
      Experts have expressed concern that male victims have been unfairly ignored due to gender-driven politics.”
      i knew this but I used to assume that male victims, although underreported were still very much a minority. Apparently not, at least in some regions of the USA.

  2. I’ve heard other reports similar to these. My biggest concern with the number being gathered is the fact that I believe men will be more hesitant to report violence or abuse. In part it’s for the same reason that they are not highlighted as victims. Men in these situations often feel ashamed because of how society views their roles in a relationship.

    It’s good to have this information brought to our attention so that we can start to change our views on violence in society and in the home.

    • I’ve heard similar reports about child molestation. Just the same, victims of women will very rarely protest, complain and take it to the police. From the little I heard from (female) workers in the field there are as many victims of child molesting females as there are of males but only about a tenth as much get reported when the perpetrator is female.
      Basically you can’t accuse mommy (the nurturer, biologically) whereas daddy (the killer, biologically) is fine to accuse.
      Now I’ve been knowing that bit about child rape for a while but this one about domestic violence got me surprised.
      I keep in mind though that it applies to north america specifically : I’m quite confident that the numbers would be much different in more latin countries (france, spain, portugal, italy and of course latin america) and obviously in still more southern ones (africa, north africa and the middle east). I wonder about asia though.

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