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Dr. Murray Straus on deliberate, systematic abuse denial by the feminist movement

September 14, 2011

Everything you need to debunk feminist domestic violence denial in one place …

GENDER SYMMETRY IN PARTNER VIOLENCE:  THE EVIDENCE, THE DENIAL, AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR  PRIMARY PREVENTION AND TREATMENT 

Murray A. Straus
Family Research Laboratory University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824   603-862-2594 murray.straus@unh.edu    http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2
Katreena Scott
Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology
OISE / University of Toronto   416-923-6641 ext. 2570  kscott@oise.utoronto.ca
Contents
EVIDENCE ON GENDER SYMMETRY ....................................................................3
Symmetry In Perpetration Rates..................................................................3
Mutuality of PV.................................................................................4
Low Prevalence of Self-Defense .................................................................5
Symmetry in Coercion and Control................................................................6
Symmetry in Other Risk Factors..................................................................7
Gender Differences in Injury and Deaths.........................................................7
Severe Violence Experienced by Men..............................................................9
Summary .......................................................................................11
WHY PV IS MISPERCEIVED AS ASYMMETRICAL.........................................................12
Cultural Acceptance of Male Power and Male Violence............................................12
Gender Stereotypes.............................................................................12
The Movement to End PV Was Developed By Feminists..............................................13
Men Predominate In Crimes Known To the Police .................................................13
Empathy For And Concerns About Unfair Treatment Of Women Victims ..............................14
METHODS USED TO CONCEAL, DENY, AND DISTORT THE RESEARCH .......................................15
Method 1. Suppress Evidence....................................................................16
Method 2. Avoid Obtaining Or Analyzing Data On Female Perpetration.............................16
Method 3. Cite Only Studies That Show Male Perpetration .......................................17
Method 4. Conclude That Results Refute Symmetry When They Do Not...............................18
Method 5.  Create “Evidence” By Citation ......................................................19
Method  6. Obstruct Funding of Research That Might Contradict the Idea that Male Dominance Is The
Cause of PV ...................................................................................20
Method 7. Harass, Threaten, And Penalize Researchers Who Produce Evidence That Contradicts
Feminist Beliefs ..............................................................................20
PREVENTION OF PARTNER VIOLENCE: CRITIQUE OF PAST EFFORTS ......................................21
IMPLICATIONS FOR PREVENTION ...................................................................23
Principles For Improving Primary Prevention ...................................................25
Prevention of Injury and Death Resulting from Partner Violence ................................28
TREATMENT OF PARTNER VIOLENCE .................................................................30
Critique of Past Efforts.......................................................................31
Assess all Presentations of Partner Violence for Dangerousness and Symmetry ...................32
Avoid  Exclusive Reliance  on Feminist Theory..................................................32
Consider Replacing Educational “Intervention” With Cognitive-Behavioral Or Other Empirically Validated
Treatment .....................................................................................33
Conduct Additional Research on Treatment Needs of Men and Women Who Have Engaged In Partner 

1.To be published in J. R. Lutzker & D. J. Whitaker (Eds.), Prevention Of Partner Violence.
Washington D.C. : American Psychological Association. Copies of this and related papers can be
downloaded from http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2.  The work has been supported by National Institute of
Mental Health grant T32MH15161 and by the University of New Hampshire.
http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/V70%20version%20N3.pdf

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