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NCJ Number: 119049 Find in a Library
Title: Why Do Men Batter Their Wives? (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, P 133-157, 1988, Kersti Yllo and Michelle Bograd, eds. -- See NCJ 119043)
Author(s): J Ptacek
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter presents results of interviews with men who batter their wives.
Abstract: The indepth interviews were conducted with 18 male clients recruited through Emerge, a Boston organization that offers counseling for wife batterers. On the whole, the batterers' accounts of their violence consisted of the use of verbal strategies in an attempt to neutralize their behavior. They excused themselves of full responsibility, and at the same time, they offered justifications for their abusiveness. The most common way that batterers attempted to excuse their violent behavior was by an appeal to loss of control resulting from either alcohol or drug use or from a buildup of frustrations. Many batterers neutralized the unacceptability of their behavior by denying or minimizing the injuries battered women suffered. Most of the men made contradictory statements of excuses and justifications that turned on the denial (or acceptance) of responsibility and wrongness. 36 references.
Main Term(s): Spouse abuse causes
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault
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