The Role of Gender in Officially Reported Intimate Partner Abuse

  title={The Role of Gender in Officially Reported Intimate Partner Abuse},
  author={Heather C. Melton and Carrie Lefeve Sillito},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={1090 - 1111}
The role of gender in intimate partner abuse (IPA) perpetration and victimization has been debated for the last several decades. Two perspectives have emerged regarding this debate. Researchers from the family violence perspective argue that men and women are violent at near equal rates and call for a reframing of the issue from one of woman battering to one of family violence. In contrast, feminist researchers maintain that men make up the majority of perpetrators and women the majority of… 

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