By Philip W. Cook
An award-winning investigative journalist presents a nerve-racking new examine an underreported kind of family violence―the abuse of men.
• the most recent learn figures and updated surveys at the occurrence of intimate companion violence opposed to men
• own interviews and instances drawn from media assurance of politicians and different public figures
• a specific bibliography
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Here are two representative human stories of such abuse. They are unusual in that not only have they been verified by the historical record, they are the only examples of domestic violence (others have been suspected but disproved by historians) in this particular location, and nearly everyone in the world knows something about the house they lived in and the two couples. Abe was a very tall man, somewhat thin, but in fairly good shape still from his days as a young man splitting wood. Mary Todd, his wife, was short even for a woman at the time and somewhat plump.
She also cautions that DOJ figures may not be giving the complete story: Women throughout history have been known to often use poison as a means to carry out a murder. We don’t know the level of hidden homicide by women who use poison on their mates, since this method is often undetected; hence, there would be no arrest. Also, the justice system has a history of chivalry and paternalism toward women. 55 In its prison survey, the DOJ also found a different standard of sentencing for women: “For each category of offense, women received shorter average maximum sentences than men.
This concern is expressed in more chilling terms by O’Keefer, Brockopp, and Chew who reported findings on teen dating violence in Social Work. ” Even more important, the authors suggest that things will get worse in the next generation: “Unlike older women in violent relationships, teenage girls have less at stake materially and emotionally and may therefore be more willing to take greater risks with their relationships. ” 61 Their prediction has turned out to be true. In the past 10 years, teenage dating violence surveys have shown an increase in female-initiated violence (although the overall rate between the two genders in the surveys remain roughly equal).