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By Philip W. Cook

An award-winning investigative journalist offers a annoying new examine an underreported kind of family violence―the abuse of men.

• the newest learn figures and up to date surveys at the occurrence of intimate associate violence opposed to men

• own interviews and situations drawn from media assurance of politicians and different public figures

• a specific bibliography

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We do not want to be viewed as “hysterical” women. 57 Violence in the home, whether committed by women or men, is a serious social problem. The studies show that violence is damaging in a number of ways, not just in terms of physical injury. There is ample evidence that victims of domestic violence suffer grave damage to their self-esteem, thus reducing the opportunity to be productive citizens. ”58 Domestic violence also contributes to drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, attempted suicide, and depression.

63 Getting Out Economic Restrictions A common assumption, and one of the most frequently cited rationales for ignoring domestic violence against men, is that women have less of an opportunity to leave a violent relationship than men do. McNeely and Robinson-Simpson comment: “Most people accept the assumption that wives, particularly low-income wives, cannot escape abusive relationships because of financial dependence. Their entrapment is used to explain the desperation of those who resort to spouse killings.

Mutual Abuse and Context The most often cited reason for ignoring the higher or nearly equal rate of domestic violence against men is that the figures include women acting in selfdefense. This is not true in the majority of cases. Mutual combat is the norm in violent households. About 50 percent of those surveyed report both spouses to be violent. The remainder is nearly equally divided. In somewhat over a quarter of the cases (27 percent), the male was violent. About one-fourth of the time (24 percent), the female was violent, according to the Straus/Gelles surveys.

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