Victims and Aggressors in Marital Violence

  title={Victims and Aggressors in Marital Violence},
  author={Murray Arnold Straus},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={681 - 704}
  • M. Straus
  • Published 1 May 1980
  • Psychology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
One of the cruel ironies of marriage is that, although husbandwife relationships are largely male-dominant, the use of physical violence seems to be one of the few aspects of marriage which approach equality between spouses. There is irony in this also because, except for the rare instances when a desperate or enraged woman seizes a knife or gun and is effective in using it, the effects of this violence are far from equal. She may cast the first coffee pot, but he generally casts the last and 

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