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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Women's Violence Toward Men Is a Serious Social Problem
Women's violence toward men is a serious social problem
Murray A.Straus

The first purpose of this chapter is to review research showing that women initiate and carry out physical assaults on their partners as often as do men. A second purpose is to show that, despite the much lower probability of physical injury resulting from attacks by women, women produce a substantial percentage of all injuries and fatalities from partner violence.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This chapter is a revision and updating of a paper presented at the 1989 meeting of the American Society of Criminology. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the comments and criticism of the members of the 1989–90 Family Research Laboratory Seminar, and also Angela Browne, ...

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