Female Batterers, Male Victims
The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence
By Zur Institute
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Our online course, Female Batterers, Male Victims
We have just completed a course which offers a fresh look and a new perspective on a topic that's hard for most of us to approach: Women who are violent in their intimate relationships.
Despite what the general population may believe, research has begun to identify a growing trend of women as victimizers in their relationships. It is very hard to consider the idea of women's violence. Some of the objections to this idea are: This is blaming the victim; Women hit only in self-defense; We should not ignore thousands of years of oppression of women and the whole social context of patriarchy and men's power and control over women; Discussing women's violence diminishes the responsibility of men's violence; Women are inherently peaceful, they will turn to violence only in self-defense. However, we believe that ignoring the problem of female batterers is likely to increase the danger to the women themselves and to have a terrible effect on the children. Facing the problem is obvious the first step in the process of preventing violence and healing for the family.