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An Interesting Difference of Opinion
posted by Scott on Monday June 18, @03:39PM
from the domestic-violence dept.
Domestic Violence Trudy W Schuett writes "I noticed kind of an interesting difference of opinion in these two articles - The Seattle Times: ""Do women batter? Sure, but not very often," said Bonnie Campbell, who headed the federal Violence Against Women office under President Clinton. "The more success we have as a society in highlighting violence against women, the more of a backlash we get," she said. "I view a lot of this talk about battered men as a significant part of the backlash."" The Irish Times: "Women are more likely than men to perpetrate domestic violence, according to new research on Irish couples who seek marriage counseling. The report, published yesterday, also found that domestic violence was one of the less important factors in marriage breakdown in the largely middle-class group studied." I wonder what the Irish know that Americans don't? From what I've heard lately, it seems the Irish are beginning to address DV as a non-gender issue, so maybe it bodes well for us Yanks!"

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DV as Backlash (Score:2)
by Nightmist (nightmist@mensactivism.org) on Monday June 18, @03:54PM EST (#1)
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I've encountered the "DV against men is backlash" argument before. One of my editors cut out some male domestic violence numbers I wanted to print recently because she "didn't want to distract from the problem women face." Ugh. It is unfortunate that women's groups believe men's groups are that reactionary. Domestic violence is wrong, no matter what the sex of the victim. The Irish are correct. It should be treated as a non-gender issue.

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