“Gender Symmetry” in Domestic Violence

  title={“Gender Symmetry” in Domestic Violence},
  author={Michael Kimmel},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={1332 - 1363}
  • M. Kimmel
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Sociology
  • Violence Against Women
Despite numerous studies that report the preponderance of domestic violence is perpetrated by men against women, other empirical studies suggest that rates of domestic violence by women and men are equivalent. This article explores these claims of gender symmetry in intimate partners'use of violence by reviewing the empirical foundations of the research and critiquing existing sources of data on domestic violence. The author suggests methods to reconcile the disparate data and encourages… 
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