The Myth of the “Battered Husband Syndrome
Filed under Ending Men’s Violence, Paper.
By Jack C. Straton, Ph.D.
From The National Organization for Men Against Sexism
The most recurrent backlash against women’s safety is the myth that men are battered as often as women. Suzanne Steinmetz created this myth with her 1977 study of 57 couples, in which four wives were seriously beaten but no husbands were beaten. By a convoluted thought process she concluded that her finding of zero battered husbands implied that men just don’t report abuse and therefore 250,000 American husbands are battered each year by their wives, a figure that exploded to 12million in the subsequent media feeding frenzy.
. . . . a careful analysis of domestic violence, using everything from common experience to medical studies to U.S. National Crime Survey data, shows that only three to four percent of inter-spousal violence involves attacks on men by their female partners.
Complete article from The National Organization for Men Against Sexism