Claims about women's use of non-fatal force in intimate relationships : A contextual review of Canadian research

Dragiewicz, Molly & DeKeseredy, Walter S. (2012) Claims about women's use of non-fatal force in intimate relationships : A contextual review of Canadian research. Violence Against Women, 18(9), pp. 1008-1026.

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Abstract

Claims that violence is gender-neutral are increasingly becoming “common sense” in Canada. Antifeminist groups assert that the high rates of woman abuse uncovered by major Canadian national surveys conducted in the early 1990s are greatly exaggerated and that women are as violent as men. The production of degendered rhetoric about “intimate partner violence” contributes to claims that women’s and men’s violence is symmetrical and mutual. This article critically evaluates common claims about Canadian women’s use of nonlethal force in heterosexual intimate relationships in the context of the political struggle over the hegemonic frame for violence and abuse. The extant Canadian research documenting significant sex differences in violence and abuse against adult intimate partners is reviewed.

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ID Code: 63791
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: criminology, violence against women, domestic violence
DOI: 10.1177/1077801212460754
ISSN: 1552-8448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 22:48
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 01:41

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