Since domestic violence (now called IPV — intimate partner violence or family violence) started being treated as a real issue in the 70’s it has focused on women and blamed men and the patriarchal culture that made them all abusive monsters. New research done as part of a symposium on IPV has found that this notion has either changed or was incorrect to begin with.
Analysis showed that women were more likely to be physically aggressive to their partners than men and that men were more likely to be physically aggressive to their same-sex others.
Furthermore, women engaged in significantly higher levels of controlling behaviour than men, which significantly predicted physical aggression in both sexes.
Dr Elizabeth Bates explained: “This was an interesting finding. Previous studies have sought to explain male violence towards women as rising from patriarchal values, which motivate men to seek to control women’s behaviour, using violence if necessary.
“This study found that women demonstrated a desire to control their partners and were more likely to use physical aggression than men. This suggests that IPV may not be motivated by patriarchal values and needs to be studied within the context of other forms of aggression, which has potential implications for interventions.”
What we should take from this is that violence is not a women’s issue. Violence is always wrong, every single time, no matter who the aggressor is and who the victim is.
h/t News Medical