Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy

  title={Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy},
  author={Donald G. Dutton},
  journal={Violence and Victims},
  pages={167 - 182}
  • D. Dutton
  • Published 1 January 1994
  • Psychology
  • Violence and Victims
A critical review is made of feminist analyses of wife assault postulating that patriarchy is a direct cause of wife assault. Data are reviewed from a variety of studies indicating that (a) lesbian battering is more frequent than heterosexual battering, (b) no direct relationship exists between power and violence within couples, and (c) no direct relationship exists between structural patriarchy and wife assault It is concluded that patriarchy must interact with psychological variables in order… 

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