OH, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE(IPV); WHAT IS ABUSE? (Part 2)

So I cited the wrong article, and you read an article that didn’t contain the breadth of information that I had hoped.

However, this is the correct article. i will be citing various statistics from this article, I had a friend dispute me over a video of a girl playing guitar and singing about all the things she has trouble doing as a woman (or rather, all the things she can’t do).

I couldn’t even finish the video without saying “you’re so dumb, and spoiled“. Whatever though, let’s pull out some key points discussed in the article.

“Some key differences in this article, as opposed to a government report on domestic violence

is that this article considers the non violent forms of abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse and manipulation.” Men, in my opinion, are not very smart at the whole psychological manipulation part. Well, most men. This is probably why most men will fight me over this exact topic. “Men largely beat women, and cause injury to way more women; than women do to men”

Well DUH, men are bigger than females. (Don’t be a pest, you know what I mean)

 

According to the Hines and Saudino (2003), when it comes to college students, woman are slightly more aggressive, as they perpetrate aggression physically, (29% of males, 35% of females) yet when it comes to psychological/emotional abuse, women are slightly more the perpetrators (86% to 82%). Is this so hard to believe though? Not for me, as I have had my fair share of run ins with female activists on campuses. Remember that these are reported, so it could vary among genders, not really. Another study by Coker et al. (2000) examining IPV prevalence rates for men (n = 243) and women (n = 313) found men were as likely as women to report perceived emotional abuse (7.4% of women vs. 8.3% of men)

(I’ll give you some background, I got into a car accident when I was just a wee lad (18 years old) at the most crucial time of my development into an adult. After spending a year in the hospital, I immediately started private rehabilitation. Then after 3 years, I went into university. So I am older, and I understand a little bit (turns out it was a lot more) more than you average University student.) Let’s continue.

In a study by Harmed (2001), in a sample of university students found that perceived an increase in sexual victimization as opposed to men, 39% and  30%, respectively. Okay, don’t be an idiot here. Coercion means to persuade someone to do something using threats or force. Increased psychological aggression was reported by males (87% to 82% by females), whereas physical violence perpetration was virtually the same (22% for males, 21% for females)!

“Those university girls are trouble.”

Don’t believe me, want more?

A study by Straus(2004) of students at 31 universities in 16 countries found that regardless of gender, 29& of students reported perpetrating physical aggression. 7% of partners had physically injured the other.

A meta-analysis of female perpetration of IPV heterosexual relationships by Williams, Ghandour, and Kub (2008) looked at different forms of abuse within three populations: adolescents, college students, and adults; however, there was a lot of methodological discrepancies that led to a wide range for the prevalence rate. For emotional abuse, prevalence rates were high, averaging around 80%; 40% of women and 32% of men reported expressive aggression, and 41% of women and 43% of men reported coercive control. In both males and females, physical and psychological IPV were associated with physical and mental health sequelae (Coker et al., 2002). I would have liked to dive into the research a bit more and pull out more definite conclusions for those three populations separately, but that is an entirely a whole new set of articles.

Okay, I’ve thrown a lot of non-sense your way, and maybe I should explain this a bit more. As the article says in the beginning, “the relationship of gender to IPV is not as straight forward as was once thought, i.e. violence is only committed against women by male perpetrators. Recent research suggests some women look to purposely act out violence against their partners, and debates over the gender symmetry of IPV have generated sizeable controversy.

In summary, women aren’t as innocent as you think, and what if “being petty” (which women do a lot to me in my life) actually leads some males to be more violent? One more stat before I leave;

Despite high perpetration rates across genders, a review has concluded that women are still disproportionately victimized by IPV and more frequently sustain serious injuries (Hamberger, 2005).

So if women would really want to end IPV, shouldn’t they consider their actions as well? Now we see it’s not only men who are the abusers, so why are we the always held responsible?

Next: Suicide.

 

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