For the Uninitiated: The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project

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The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) has been described as The most comprehensive review of the scholarly domestic violence research literature ever conducted.

The Project affirmed the need to recognize male victims and concluded that women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse, and engage in control behaviors, at comparable rates to men.

The purpose of Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) was to address the fragmentation and politicization of research in this area. The aim was to bring together a reliable, up-to-date research database that can easily be accessed both by researchers and the general public.

In March, 2010, the Senior Editor of Partner Abuse recruited family violence scholars from the United States, Canada and the U.K. to review conducting an extensive and thorough review of the empirical literature, in 17 broad topic areas (such as Rates of Male and Female Victimization and The Effectiveness of Intervention Programs for Perpetrators and Victims of Intimate Partner Violence).

It’s perhaps the most important event in the history of domestic violence research The National Parents Organization

Researchers found that approximately 60% of domestic violence was bidirectional or mutual and that:

  • Overall, 24% of individuals were victimized by physical DV
    • 23% of women and 19.3% of men victimized by physical DV
    • Higher victimization for male high school students
    • Higher lifetime victimization rates for women
    • Higher past-year victimization rates for men
  • Overall, 25.3% of individuals have perpetrated physical DV
    • 28.3% of women and 21.6% of men perpetrated physical DV
    • Wide range in rates due to variety of samples and definitions
    • The project also found that over two-thirds of non-mutual violence is perpetrated by women, in both trivial and severe domestic conflicts, against both male and female partners, worldwide.

This contradicts the mainstream popular perception of domestic abuse which over the last 40 years significantly influenced by the non-scientific feminist notion of ‘patriarchal dominance,’ where “domestic violence is all about power and control.”

Men are less likely to consider themselves ‘victims’ of partner conflicts or view an assault on them by a woman as a ‘crime.’ They are much less likely to report domestic conflicts than women.

Evolutionary psychologist Steve Moxon notes that men—unlike women—usually do not have an emotional support network outside their own household: they stand to lose not only their partner, but also their children, their home, their savings and most of their income. For a man, this is absolute destruction whereas for a woman, all she stands to lose is her partner. Men are thus very hesitant to report domestic conflicts because they are aware of the prejudice stacked against them. Even worse, men fear that if they are displaced from the household, their abusive partners may turn their children into objects of violence.

“there is more false, falsely framed, or disingenuously deceptive information about domestic violence than any other significant public and social issue.” Philip W. Cook

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