Unprecedented Domestic Violence Study Affirms Need to Recognize Male Victims


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Unprecedented Domestic Violence Study Affirms Need to Recognize Male Victims
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

The most comprehensive review of the scholarly domestic violence research literature ever conducted concludes, among other things, that women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse, as well as engage in control behaviors, at comparable rates to men. The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project, or PASK, whose final installment was just published in the journal Partner Abuse, is an unparalleled three-year research project, conducted by 42 scholars at 20 universities and research centers, and including information on 17 areas of domestic violence research.

“Over the years, research on partner abuse has become unnecessarily fragmented and politicized,” commented John Hamel, Editor-in-Chief of Partner Abuse and PASK Director. “The purpose of this project is to bring together, in a rigorously evidence-based, transparent and methodical manner, existing knowledge about partner abuse, with reliable, up-to-date research that can easily be accessed by anyone. …

Among PASK’s findings are that, except for sexual coercion, men and women perpetrate physical and non-physical forms of abuse at comparable rates, most domestic violence is mutual, women are as controlling as men, domestic violence by men and women is correlated with essentially the same risk factors, and male and female perpetrators are motivated for similar reasons.

This is so far from popular “knowledge” that it would be interesting to see reactions to it. I’ve seen enough politicization of “science” in the past several decades that it would no longer surprise me to learn that popular “knowledge” on this topic is actually a power-grabbing activists’ false narrative. So how will responses go? Attack the messengers with ad hominem invective? Attack the message with meaningless nitpicking? Check the data to see if the data supports the conclusion? And if this proves to be anywhere near correct, there will be mass culture shock and/or mass denial among pols, social workers and police!