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Controversies in Definition and Measurement
Controversies in definition and measurement

Once violence has been defined as a particular type of problem, the next question is how to explicitly define and measure it so that research can be done to examine its causes and consequences. At the heart of each controversy in this section are different images of what, specifically, should be defined and measured as a social problem that should be resolved.

The first controversy is as old as the study of family violence itself: How troublesome is women's violence toward men? Murray Straus believes that women's violence is a major social problem that should be publicly condemned and eliminated. In contrast, Donileen Loseke and Demi Kurz argue that women's violence toward men is not the same ...

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