Family Violence: A Men’s or Women’s Issue?
Keywords:Family violence, gender asymmetry, the stay-leave decision-making process, prevention
AbstractThis paper is an overview of research on family violence from the last four decades. The issue of domestic violence became increasingly visible as a social problem and as a family issue from the 1980s. We know that intimate and family violence is extensive, occurs in all society, culture, and historical time, and in all racial, ethnic, sociocultural and economic groups. The aim of this study was to answer to the following research questions: Intimate partner violence it an issue for men or women? Why do women stand beside their aggressor partners? What are the phases and tasks inside the process of leaving a violent relationship? Is the symbolic asymmetry of gender the background of intimate partner violence? What can we do? How can we better prevent the phenomenon? The sources of this review are the found in Anglo-Saxon literature. The conclusion underline that intimate and family violence is not a private matter, but an important social problem, is not an issue of women, but one of aggressive men, and of the society as a whole.
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