Characteristics of female perpetrators and victims of dating violence

The same data for children and young people less than 15 years old is not easily available.Abuse and neglect of children is not always measured according to relationship, but by presence in the family.These attitudes in effect allow violence to continue to exist in the community.They prevent many victims and witnesses from reporting violence in the family.When we start to look at the relationship between perpetrator and victim, we can see clearly that the gender dynamics are even more important to consider.Family members perpetrated more than half (52%) of reported acts of violence against women, compared with less than one-fifth (18%) of the reported violence against men.As recently as 2012, when Australians were asked “who is perpetrating domestic violence?”, there was a substantial decline in understanding that it is mainly men who perpetrate domestic violence.

Victoria State Government provides funding as a strategic partner of The Conversation AU.These are in turn underpinned by broader social structures and public policies perpetuated through the media, law and social norms of power and control.All of this sits against the historic and contemporary context in which power and resources are unequally distributed between men and women in both public and private life.Two recent population-based studies conducted by the United Nations across nine Asia-Pacific countries found that between 26% and 80% of men disclosed having perpetrated physical or sexual intimate partner violence. In a US community sample of unmarried men, 25% reported having perpetrated at least one act of attempted or completed rape since the age of 14.A further 39% reported that they had engaged in some form of forced sex or verbal coercion.

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