Toward a Gender-Inclusive Conception of Intimate Partner Violence Research and Theory: Part 2 – New Directions

  • JOHN HAMEL Private Practice, San Rafael, California

Abstract

In an article previously published in this journal (Hamel, 2007) the author contradictedthe patriarchal paradigm which has guided domestic violence research,intervention and policy for the past three decades. The current article criticallyexamines the two major alternative models, beginning with the post-patriarchal/asymmetry paradigm, which acknowledges that most intimate partner abuseconsists of “situational” or “common couple” violence, which is conflict-driven,has relatively minor consequences, and is initiated by women as well as men.However, this model incorrectly assumes that men perpetrate the overwhelmingmajority of severe abuse, known as “battering” or “intimate terrorism.” The articleconcludes with a discussion of the gender-inclusive model, which holds thatintervention and policy should draw upon all of the available data. According tothe latest research, most domestic violence is mutual, men and women emotionallyabuse and control one another at approximately equal rates, intimate terroristsare equally likely to be male or female, men suffer one-third of physicalinjuries, and males and females are equally affected by emotional abuse. In short,domestic violence is a human and relational problem, not a gender problem. Implicationsof these findings are discussed with respect to prevention, interventionand policy.
How to Cite
HAMEL, JOHN. Toward a Gender-Inclusive Conception of Intimate Partner Violence Research and Theory: Part 2 – New Directions. International Journal of Men’s Health, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, oct. 2014. ISSN 1933-0278. Available at: <http://www.mensstudies.info/OJS/index.php/IJMH/article/view/557>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2018.
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