Women emerge as aggressors in Alberta survey

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Women emerge as aggressors in Alberta survey
67% of women questioned say they started severe conflicts

by Brad Evenson and Carol Milstone

This article appeared in the National Post (Toronto, Ontario) on 10 July 1999.

This item may be cited as Brad Evenson and Carol Milstone, Women emerge as aggressors in Alberta survey, National Post (online edition), July 10, 1999.

Copyright 1999, Southam Inc. Reproduced with permission.

OTTAWA - Women are just as violent to their spouses as men, and women are almost three times more likely to initiate violence in a relationship, according to a new Canadian study that deals a blow to the image of the male as the traditional domestic aggressor.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the study, however, is the source of the data -- a 1987 survey of 705 Alberta men and women that reported how often males hit their spouses.

Although the original researchers asked women the same questions as men, their answers were never published until now.

When the original Alberta study was published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science in 1989, it was taken up by feminist groups as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women.

The researchers, Leslie Kennedy and Donald Dutton, say they were primarily interested in male-to-female violence at the time.

In any case, the one-sided Kennedy-Dutton study was cited extensively in a 1990 House of Commons committee report The War Against Women, which ultimately led Brian Mulroney, the former prime minister, to call a two-year, $10-million national inquiry into violence against women. The inquiry's 460-page report made 494 recommendations aimed at changing attitudes in governments, police departments, courts, hospitals and churches. It also led to a torrent of lurid news features about battered women.

The current study, which will appear this week -- again, in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science -- says that while the need to stop violence against women is obvious, violence against men is being ignored.

"Our society seems to harbour an implicit acceptance of women's violence as relatively harmless," writes Marilyn Kwong, the Simon Fraser University researcher who led this study.

"Furthermore, the failure to acknowledge the possibility of women's violence . . . jeopardizes the credibility of all theory and research directed toward ending violence against women."

The study shows roughly that 10.8% of men in the survey pushed, grabbed or threw objects at their spouses in the previous year, while 2.5% committed more severe acts, such as choking, kicking or using a weapon.

By contrast, 12.4% of women committed acts of minor violence and 4.7% committed severe violence.

The violence is seldom one-sided. Of those surveyed, 52% of women and 62% of men reported that both partners were violent.

When questioned about who initiated the most severe conflicts, 67% of women believed they had started it; only 26% believed it was their male spouse.

Regardless of who started it, women appear to end up the losers in the struggle. A major U.S. study on the topic shows 3% of women suffer injuries in spousal violence, while only 0.4% of males were hurt badly enough to seek medical care.

Publication of the "other side" of the violence study provides a sharp illustration of how social science is manipulated to fit a particular agenda.

"It happens all the time. People only tell one half of the story," says Eugen Lupri, a University of Calgary sociologist whose research shows similar patterns of violence against men.

"Feminists themselves use our studies, but they only publish what they like.

"As some feminists say, it's counter-intuitive. We would not expect that to be true; and if things are not expected to be true, for some people they are not true."

Even the federal government appears to turn a blind eye. In 1993, Statistics Canada began to keep track of assaults by men on women in its Violence Against Women survey. But it does not measure the female-to-male violence. "At the time, it was decided that since violence against women was more prevalent, we would only keep track of that," explains spokesperson Shelley Crego.

Ms.Crego said this decision was based on police reports, noting women complain more frequently of assault by men than vice versa.

In her article, Dr. Kwong implies this creates an incorrect picture. "It is important to keep in mind that, within the criminal justice system, any of the physical acts endorsed by these respondents would constitute assault," she writes.

Nor does it appear that violence is confined to married or common-law relationships.

In a separate study to be published this week, researchers from the University of Regina and Wilfrid Laurier University report that 39% of males surveyed said they suffered violence while on a date, compared with 26% of females.

"This sex difference has been found in other studies of physical and psychological dating violence," report researchers Donald Sharpe and Janelle Taylor.
 do what I need to do to protect my loved ones, friends, and family. This is what men do.

dr e

Great article Pernicious!

Hard to believe it will be published in Canada where the original study was sanitized in order to only let the "good" data out to the public.  I think this is the study Dan had mentioned a while back where another researcher tried to obtain the original data and was blocked from doing so.

Some animals are more equal than others. :roll:
Contact dr e  Lifeboats for the ladies and children, icy waters for the men.  Women have rights and men have responsibilties.


One  day,  the  truth  about  Domestic  Violence   will  come  out.  Women can  be  just  as aggressive  as  men  and  can  be  batterers  instead  of  innocent  victims.   Men  can  be  victims  of   domestic  violence  too.  

The  good  news  are  that   by  the  droves  men  are  coming  out  of  the  closet  to  speak  out  about  a  kind  of   violence  they  experienced  at  the  hands  of  their  wives  and  girlfriends.  One day,  when  the  everyday  guys  realize   that  the  Feminazi  want  to  EXTERMINATE   them,  they  will fight  for  their  rights.  

UNTIL  THEN..... We  are  communicating  and   thinking and  reaching  out   to  others.

One  day,  our  work  will  be  done.

y book, Men's Rights Activists.




One day, the truth about Domestic Violence will come out. Women can be just as aggressive as men and can be batterers instead of innocent victims. Men can be victims of domestic violence too.

The good news are that by the droves men are coming out of the closet to speak out about a kind of violence they experienced at the hands of their wives and girlfriends. One day, when the everyday guys realize that the Feminazi want to EXTERMINATE them, they will fight for their rights.

UNTIL THEN..... We are communicating and thinking and reaching out to others.

One day, our work will be done.


I think that the
truth about Domestic Violence

Is already a known fact, Has been forever, But for some strange reason we refuse to see it. At the risk of being philosophical, That "reason" is what we need to be challenging  It seems that even our language usage prevades the ideal that we are challenging.

In a nutshell, we already know the truth.
Now we gotta start fighting back!
t is perhaps a terrible thing to say, but "rights and freedoms we are not willing to fight for are rights and freedoms we don't deserve."

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