The Truth behind Truth: Female Domestic Perpetrators & the Facts Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse
Factors associated with intimate partner and sexual violence occur at individual, family, community and wider society levels. Some are associated with being a perpetrator of violence, some are associated with experiencing violence and some are associated with both. Gender inequality and norms on the acceptability of violence against women are a root cause of violence against women. Intimate partner physical, sexual and emotional and sexual violence cause serious short- and long-term physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems for women.
They also affect their children, and lead to high social and economic costs for women, their families and societies. Such violence can:. The social and economic costs of intimate partner and sexual violence are enormous and have ripple effects throughout society. Women may suffer isolation, inability to work, loss of wages, lack of participation in regular activities and limited ability to care for themselves and their children.
There are a growing number of well-designed studies looking at the effectiveness of prevention and response programmes. More resources are needed to strengthen the prevention of and response to intimate partner and sexual violence, including primary prevention — stopping it from happening in the first place. There is some evidence from high-income countries that advocacy and counselling interventions to improve access to services for survivors of intimate partner violence are effective in reducing such violence.
Home visitation programmes involving health worker outreach by trained nurses also show promise in reducing intimate partner violence. However, these have yet to be assessed for use in resource-poor settings. In low resource settings, prevention strategies that have been shown to be promising include: those that empower women economically and socially through a combination of microfinance and skills training related to gender equality; that promote communication and relationship skills within couples and communities; that reduce access to, and harmful use of alcohol; transform harmful gender and social norms through community mobilization and group-based participatory education with women and men to generate critical reflections about unequal gender and power relationships.
To achieve lasting change, it is important to enact and enforce legislation and develop and implement policies that promote gender equality by:. While preventing and responding to violence against women requires a multi-sectoral approach, the health sector has an important role to play.
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The health sector can:. At the World Health Assembly in May , Member States endorsed a global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health systems in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls and against children. Declaration on the elimination of violence against women. New York : UN, Violence against women 29 November Key facts Violence against women — particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence — is a major public health problem and a violation of women's human rights. Most of this violence is intimate partner violence.
Men are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low education, a history of child maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence against their mothers, harmful use of alcohol, unequal gender norms including attitudes accepting of violence, and a sense of entitlement over women. There is evidence that advocacy and empowerment counselling interventions, as well as home visitation are promising in preventing or reducing intimate partner violence against women. Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence, such as by intimate partners, as well as and non-partner sexual violence, and may also lead to new forms of violence against women.
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Introduction The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. Risk factors Factors associated with intimate partner and sexual violence occur at individual, family, community and wider society levels. Factors specifically associated with intimate partner violence include: past history of violence marital discord and dissatisfaction difficulties in communicating between partners male controlling behaviors towards their partners.
Myths and Facts
Factors specifically associated with sexual violence perpetration include: beliefs in family honour and sexual purity ideologies of male sexual entitlement weak legal sanctions for sexual violence. Health consequences Intimate partner physical, sexual and emotional and sexual violence cause serious short- and long-term physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems for women. Such violence can: Have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide.
Reality: In the vast majority of cases, domestic abuse is experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Two women a week are murdered by a current or ex-partner in England and Wales alone. Of the 92, domestic abuse court prosecutions last year, It is a gendered crime which is deeply rooted in the societal inequality between women and men.
Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse, and sexual violence particularly. For more information on the facts and figures around domestic abuse, click here. Reality: False allegations about domestic abuse are extremely rare. The Crown Prosecution Service released the first ever study of this in , and concluded that false allegations are even more infrequent than previously thought.
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In the 17 month period that the study examined, there were , prosecutions for domestic violence, and only six prosecutions for making false allegations. This myth is extremely damaging, because the fear of being called a liar can and does deter women from reporting the abuse they have experienced.
Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions at the time the report was released, writes about it here.
Reality: There is no research that supports this myth. Abuse and violence are a choice, and there is no excuse for them.
Domestic abuse happens throughout every level of society, regardless of health, wealth or status. Reality: Domestic abuse is prevalent throughout society, and it is not uncommon for a woman to experience abuse in more than one relationship. To suggest that some women are particularly attracted to abusive men is victim-blaming. A perpetrator of domestic abuse can be charming and charismatic when he first meets a new partner, and often no one, let alone the woman he has just met, would suspect he would ever be abusive in a relationship.
Myth Men who abuse their partners saw their fathers abuse their mothers. Reality: Domestic abuse is prevalent throughout society, and because of this many people have grown up witnessing domestic abuse. Most of these people will never perpetrate domestic abuse in their own relationships, so it is never an excuse — and some of our most passionate supporters are child survivors of domestic abuse. Reality: We know through our work over the last 42 years with survivors and local services that domestic abuse is very common.
On average a woman is killed by her male partner or former partner every four days in the UK England and Wales.
Domestic abuse has a higher rate of repeat victimisation than any other crime, and on average, the police receive over emergency calls relating to domestic abuse every hour. To find out more about the statistics around domestic abuse, click here. Reality: Domestic abuse is rarely about losing control, but taking control. Abusive men rarely act spontaneously when angry.
They consciously choose when to abuse their partner: when they are alone, and when there are no witnesses if there is a witness, then usually they are a child. He has control over whom he abuses. To find out more about the characteristics of domestic abuse, click here.
Reality: Abuse and disagreement are not the same things. Different opinions are normal and completely acceptable in healthy relationships. When abuse is involved, there is no discussion between equals. Myth Women are more likely to be attacked by strangers than by those who claim to love them. Reality: In fact, the opposite is true.
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