Reciprocal Violence can Lead to More Injury

When it comes to domestic violence, we're frequently told that men getting hit doesn't matter because even if men get hit, they are rarely hurt. a href=""A new study shows/a this may not be the case, especially if the violence is reciprocal (thanks to Steve for pointing out the article): br /br /blockquoteRegarding perpetration of violence, more women than men (25 percent versus 11 percent) were responsible. In fact, 71 percent of the instigators in nonreciprocal partner violence were women. This finding surprised Whitaker and his colleagues, they admitted in their study /br /As for physical injury due to intimate partner violence, it was more likely to occur when the violence was reciprocal than nonreciprocal. And while injury was more likely when violence was perpetrated by men, in relationships with reciprocal violence it was the men who were injured more often (25 percent of the time) than were women (20 percent of the time). "This is important as violence perpetrated by women is often seen as not serious," Whitaker and his group /br /Of the study's numerous findings, Whitaker said, "I think the most important is that a great deal of interpersonal violence is reciprocally perpetrated and that when it is reciprocally perpetrated, it is much more likely to result in injury than when perpetrated by only one partner."/blockquotebr /br /If reciprocal violence results in more injuries, it would seem important for domestic violence prevention to focus on both women and men in these cases. By focusing only on men, women never get the help they need to reduce violence. The false notion that men perpetrate the majority of domestic violence and women are on the receiving end just doesn't seem to be holding up in a href=""study after study./abr /br /Update: Trudy W. Schuett over at Dean's World a href=""has some thoughts /aon domestic /br /Update II: Take a a href=""look at these "feminists"/a who brag about beating up their boyfriends and other men (Hat Tip: a href=""Dean's World/a). This seems to undercut claims that women are nicer or fundamentally more innocent than men. You can read more on that subject, a href=""here./a