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ERIC Number: EJ987224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
The Role of Gender in Officially Reported Intimate Partner Abuse
Melton, Heather C.; Sillito, Carrie Lefeve
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n6 p1090-1111 Apr 2012
The role of gender in intimate partner abuse (IPA) perpetration and victimization has been debated for the last several decades. Two perspectives have emerged regarding this debate. Researchers from the family violence perspective argue that men and women are violent at near equal rates and call for a reframing of the issue from one of woman battering to one of family violence. In contrast, feminist researchers maintain that men make up the majority of perpetrators and women the majority of victims in cases of intimate partner abuse. While some have put forth arguments explaining these differences, this debate is far from over. Using official reported cases of IPA, this study examines 815 IPA cases of which 13% were female perpetrated in an attempt to clarify gender differences and similarities among male and female offenders beyond prevalence rates. Special attention is paid to contextual differences and similarities and implications this research has for future research and policy. (Contains 8 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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