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NCJ Number: 35519 Find in a Library
Title: SEXUAL INEQUALITY, CULTURAL NORMS, AND WIFE-BEATING
Journal: VICTIMOLOGY - AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(SPRING 1976)  Pages:54-70
Author(s): M A STRAUS
Corporate Author: Visage Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Visage Press, Inc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: EXAMINATION OF SOME OF THE FACTORS ACCOUNTING FOR THE HIGH DEGREE TO WHICH WIVES ARE THE VICTIMS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE BY HUSBANDS WHICH ATTRIBUTE INTRAFAMILY VIOLENCE TO THE STRUCTURE OF FAMILY AND SOCIETY.
Abstract: EXAMPLES OF CULTURAL NORMS LEGITIMIZING MARITAL VIOLENCE FOUND IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM, LITERARY WORKS, AND SOCIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS AND SURVEYS ARE DISCUSSED. THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF SEXISM TO THE FREQUENCY OF WIFE BEATING THROUGH THE VIOLENCE USED TO MAINTAIN POWER POSITIONS, ANTAGONISM ENGENDERED BY SEX ROLE DIFFERENTIATION, THE PERCEIVED INABILITY OF WIVES TO ESCAPE FROM MARRIAGE TO A VIOLENT HUSBAND, AND THE MALE-ORIENTED ORGANIZATION OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WHICH MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN TO SECURE LEGAL PROTECTION FROM ASSAULTS BY THEIR HUSBANDS ARE ANALYZED. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT LIBERATION OF BOTH SEXES IS NEEDED TO EFFECT A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN WIFE-BEATING.
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Battered wives; Discrimination; Domestic relations; Police attitudes; Role perception; Sexual behavior; Sociology; Violence
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