The "Great Taboo" and the Role of Patriarchy in Husband and Wife Abuse

  title={The "Great Taboo" and the Role of Patriarchy in Husband and Wife Abuse},
  author={Malcolm J. George},
  journal={International Journal of Men's Health},
  • M. J. George
  • Published 22 March 2007
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Men's Health
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