“She was petite and very quiet. She had taken her partner’s head and slammed it through a plate-glass window.”
“Women who grew up in a family where they were exposed to domestic violence, or who have been with an abusive partner in the past, are more likely to fall victim to an abusive partner again or become abusive themselves.”
I interviewed a man in a Portland, Oregon jail who had been abused for years and didn’t fight back because he was taught never to hit a woman. One day he snapped, hit her back, she called police and he was arrested.
Here may be the problem, or at least part of it.
“But what about the women who are labeled abusive when what they’re trying to do is defend themselves against abuse from a partner—how do you tell the difference?”
Our thanks to Domestic Shelters. Read more about female aggression here.
“These female abusers’ common traits included being possessive, controlling and jealous; having unrealistic expectations of her partner; having high impulsivity, anger and rage; and not having enough outside support from female friends.”
“(Some) women may fall under the somewhat controversial definition of “ mutual abuse,” meaning two partners are abusive toward each other, and which some DV experts call false and say is an irresponsible term to perpetuate.”
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