Domestic Violence: Men v. Women - A Study on Differences of Domestic Violence Between Genders

Essay by denid2004University, Bachelor'sB+, February 2007

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Differences in gender are represented in every part of life, with the way people dress, sexuality, language, and roles in society. However, what is its effect on violence? We all assume that men are more violent than women, but sometimes women are more violent than men. Some women and men place themselves into respectively dangerous and violent relationships. The thought of a woman placing themselves in violent situations on purpose has been overlooked by our society for many years. The most frequent and stereotypical abusers of domestic violence are males. Males tend to be more of the suspects than the victims of domestic violence because (by nature) they are usually more aggressive than women. Disappointingly, men are not the only ones that are the abusers; men can be victims of domestic violence as well. Women are sometimes found to be the abusers on their husbands and on their kids. Also, the kids can batter their parent(s).

It is a huge misconception by our society that men are only the abusers in domestic violence cases.

Domestic violence occurs when a family member, partner, or ex-partner attempts to physically and/or psychologically abuse the other member. Domestic violence against men does happen but as a society we do not think it happens and we tend to think it is humorous when a man is slapped by a woman. There is little known on the subject of men being abused by their partners. This is because the rate of domestic violence reported by men appears to be so low that it is hard to get reliable and valid estimates of how many men really get abused. Also, another reason that there is little known on the subject, is because women are being encouraged by the media, law enforcements, family members, and institutions to report...