Men Are More Likely Than Women To Be Victims in dating

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Men are More Likely Than Women to Be Victims in Dating Violence
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 (EST)
A new study of dating partners has found that about a third had been violent, and most incidents of partner violence involve violence by both the man and woman. women assault their partners at about the same rate as men.  



A 32-nation study by University partners that about a third of dating partners had been violent, and most incidents of partner violence involve violence by both the man and woman, according to Murray Straus from the University of New Hampshire. The second largest category was couples where the female partner was the only one to carry about physical attacks, not the male partner.

Straus' new research also found that dominance by the female partner is even more closely related to violence by women than is male dominance. These results call into question the widely held belief that partner violence is primarily a male crime and that when women are violent it is self defense.

"In the 35 years since I began research on partner violence, I have seen my assumptions about prevalence and etiology contradicted by a mass of empirical evidence from my own research and from research by many others," Straus said. "My view on partner violence now recognizes the overwhelming evidence that women assault their partners at about the same rate as men. However, when women are violent, the injury rate is lower."

Straus will present his controversial research at the Trends in Intimate Violence Intervention conference in New York City May 22-25, 2006. In the paper, Straus calls for an end to the focus on men as the only perpetrators of dating violence, saying the refusal to recognize the multi-causal nature of the problem is hampering the effort to end domestic violence and ignoring half the perpetrators. As recently as December 2005, the National Institute of Justice refused to consider applications for funding that dealt with male victims.

"Changes in policy that acknowledge men are not the only perpetrators of partner violence are needed immediately," Straus said. "It is time to make the prevention and treatment effort one that is aimed at ending all family violence, including spanking children, not just violence against women."

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