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NCJ Number: 157261 Find in a Library
Title: Hitting Home: Men Speak About Abuse of Women Partners
Author(s): J Leibrich; J Paulin; R Ransom
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Number: ISBN 0-477-07692-0
Sale Source: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Private Box 180
New Zealand
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: This paper summarizes two New Zealand studies that examined what men know about domestic abuse, whether they condone it, and what they do themselves.
Abstract: The research was based on two studies conducted in New Zealand in 1994. The first was a survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,000 men. Using a highly structured questionnaire in face-to-face interviews, the study yielded a broad, quantitative profile of men's attitudes toward abuse and abusive behaviors. The survey provided information on personal characteristics, attitude towards abuse, and abusive behavior. The second study was a follow-up survey of 200 of the 2,000 men. It examined four issues raised by the first study: perceptions of the causes of abuse, control of women, the relative importance of "control of women" and "loss of control of anger" explanations, and loss of control. Findings show that New Zealand men have, on average, a high level of anger. Although 90 percent do not approve of a man hitting a woman in any circumstance, 56 percent disapprove only slightly or moderately. Ninety-two percent said the man should not be in charge, but 46 percent thought the man was in charge. Reasons for being in charge include the need for power, lack of self-esteem, seeking a macho image, family background, and lack of confidence in women. Suggestions are offered for future research. 4 tables and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Attitudes toward victims; Spouse abuse causes
Note: Special Edition of Criminal Justice Quarterly, August 1995.
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