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NCJ Number: 229388 Find in a Library
Title: Why the Overwhelming Evidence on Partner Physical Violence by Women Has Not Been Perceived and Is Often Denied
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma  Volume:18  Issue:6  Dated:September 2009  Pages:552-571
Author(s): Murray A. Straus
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of New Hampshire, Family Research Laboratory
Durham, NH 03824
Grant Number: T32MH15161
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article suggests explanations for the misperception of the high rate of female partner violence (PV) by the public and service providers, and explanations for hiding and denying the evidence on gender symmetry by academics.
Abstract: Treatment of existing clinical-level cases of PV requires continuing to include justice system interventions as an expression of social norms condemning PV, to protect victims, and to mandate treatment. As in the case of the primary prevention, research has shown that psychological problems such as antisocial and borderline personality are major risk factors for clinical-level PV. Consequently, treatment of existing cases needs to expand from efforts to end patriarchal dominance to include diagnosis for these psychological problems and treatment when identified. A tragic irony is that the denial that obstructs this needed fundamental change in prevention and treatment of PV is largely motivated by a concern with the safety of women. The tragedy associated with this irony is that, rather than enhancing the safety and well-being of women, these denials block key steps that could increase the effectiveness of the effort to reduce violence against women. Table, figure, and references
Main Term(s): Dating Violence; Perception
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Spouse abuse treatment programs; Treatment intervention model; Violence prevention
Note: For related articles in this special issue see NCJ-229387 and NCJ-229389-93.
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