Domestic Violence Double Standard and the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan recently completed a study on domestic violence. The school's researchers want to identify potential domestic abusers during routine health care visits. Their study endorsed feminist views toward domestic violence. Abusers are strictly male.

The school's report claims one in five American men are guilty of intimate partner violence (IPV). The researchers said "When people think of men who abuse their partners, they often think of violent people who they have never come across, or people they have only heard about in the news. However, our study showed one out of every five men in the U.S. reported physical violence toward an intimate partner. It's likely that we've all met these men in our daily environment. This is an issue that cuts across all communities, regardless of race, income, or any other demographics." The researchers continued "Most of our efforts to prevent intimate partner violence have focused on screening and improving outcomes for women who are victims, because their health and well-being is our priority. Very little work, however, has been done on how to identify male perpetrators". "Our research shows that male perpetrators of intimate partner violence seek routine medical services... This suggest we may be missing an important opportunity in the primary care setting to identify their aggressive behavior and potentially intervene".

The University's definition of IPV included pushing, grabbing, shoving, throwing something and slapping. The school's report appeared in the American Board of Family Medicine and was promoted by large liberal progressive websites such as Thinkprogress and Salon.

The idea abusers are always male is a sexist double standard. Its pure feminism. Several studies have already disproven this fallacy.

In June 2014, a study led by Dr. Elizabeth Bates, University of Cumbria, concluded women were slightly more likely than men to be the perpetrators of IPV.  The report also stated "in our sample, 7% of men and 11% of women were categorized as intimate terrorists" over the last 12 months. Dr. Bates said "{Our} study found that women demonstrated a desire to control their partners and were more likely to use physical aggression than men". In May 2007, an IPV study published in the American Journal of Public Health, by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded "In nonreciprocally violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases." In September 2000, an IPV study conducted by Professor John Archer, University of Central Lancashire, and  published in the National Institutes of Health, concluded "women were slightly more likely than men to use one or more acts of physical aggression" against their partners. Additionally, the study concluded women use such acts more frequently than men. Similar to Michigan’s standards, all three investigations included pushing, grabbing, shoving, throwing objects and slapping as forms of IPV.

Despite this research, there is a persistent double standard in America concerning domestic abuse. Women are treated as an aristocratic class. The media, academia and the judicial system give them special privileges and protections to commit acts of abuse against others.

Michigan's report is simply another example of America's feminist double standard concerning domestic violence.

September 30, 2014

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