As our last posting showed, the culture of labelling all males as abusers dates back aeons. The Power and Control model was created in 1984 and so for at least 30 years the truth about intimate partner violence (IPV) has been blurred.
Fortunately qualitative studies have in recent years been emerging, like light shining on the dark recesses of individuals frail minds.
We now have new recent studies presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference in Glasgow that show what many men already know, “Women may be more likely to be aggressive to their partners than men”
“This study found that women demonstrated a desire to control their partners and were more likely to use physical aggression than men. This suggests that IPV may not be motivated by patriarchal values and needs to be studied within the context of other forms of aggression, which has potential implications for interventions.”
Men have become a little more savvy recently at identifying abuse that particularly harms men and argued that all the emotional flak thrown our way, identified by the study, is controlling behaviour…
Furthermore, women engaged in significantly higher levels of controlling behaviour than men, which significantly predicted physical aggression in both sexes.
…we now see Teresa May attempting to claim Victim status on that one too!
“Since Theresa May’s announcement that men who shout at their wives could face up to 14 years in prison, the issue of coercive control has been in the media. Launched by a plethora of largely meaningless headlines, the idea that coercive control is a new offence which tightens the net around nasty men, protecting feeble victim women has been on our front pages recently.
Interpreted by women’s groups as being behaviour designed to control women’s freedoms, actually coercive control is defined as follows
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
Which pretty much makes this a gender neutral piece of legislation, meaning that it covers the behaviours of both men AND women. The problem of course is, that any piece of gender neutral legislation, when enacted in a gender biased field, ends up reinforcing gender biased outcomes. Which means that this legislation ends up without a doubt, being about nasty men and defenceless women who are being bullied and nothing else.” by Karen Woodall
Never let the facts get in the way of the truth, eh Teresa….