Domestic violence

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The common perception of domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) is as something men perpetrate against women. Data suggests this is an inaccurate picture.

Teaching that men should not hit women but that no such prohibition exists for women hitting men violates the social principal of reciprocity and threatens the social fabric. The solution to this is to teach that all violence is unacceptable.

One in five intimate partner homicides in Australia is a woman murdering her male partner.[1]

Reciprocal Violence

One of the key indicators of whether a woman will be a victim of IPV is whether she is a perpetrator of DV/IPV. "Reciprocity was associated with more frequent violence among women"[2]. Women are more likely to be injured as a result of IPV so it follows one key way that women could avoid being a victim of IPV is to not be a perpetrator. To be clear this is not about provocation in the moment. Rather this a long term trend in which a man and a woman initiate IPV against each other. If the woman initiates IPV research clearly shows she's more likely to be a victim of IPV as well.

Women Initiate More IPV

Women's violence against children

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From Duane

Over 200 studies from universities and organizations like the following have PROVEN Domestic Violence is gender equal and NOT gender specific.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY - The Harvard Health study found that when violence was one-sided, meaning unprovoked, both men and the women themselves who took the study said 70% OF THE TIME IT WAS THE WOMEN WHO COMMITTED VIOLENCE AGAINST THE MEN.

Duluth Model

DV in Lesbian Relationships

Denying sex is IPV when men do it

Introductory Articles

Sources used to claim that M->F is the majority of DV/IPV

This report from the AIHW is used to claim that women are the majority of victims. In reality all it says is that women are over-represented among those more seriously injured, which is widely recognised in the literature. This report entirely fails to mention reciprocal IPV.


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