The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence

@article{Dobash1992TheMO,
  title={The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence},
  author={Russell P. Dobash and Rebecca Emerson Dobash and Margo E. Wilson and M. Daly},
  journal={Social Problems},
  year={1992},
  volume={39},
  pages={71-91}
}
A currently fashionable claim is that violence against husbands is about as prevalent as violence against wives; spousal violence has been said to be symmetrical in its extent, severity, intentions, motivational contexts, and even its consequences. The evidence for this alleged symmetry derives from two sources: (I) surveys employing the “Conflict Tactics Scales” (CTS), a checklist of self-reported “acts” perpetrated or experienced, and (2) U.S. homicide data. We criticize the claim of sexual… 

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