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Beth C. Emery & Sally A. Lloyd

In: Gender, Families, and Close Relationships: Feminist Research Journeys

Chapter 11: Women Who Use Aggression in Close Relationships

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Women Who Use Aggression in Close Relationships
Women who use aggression in close relationships
Beth C.Emery
Sally A.Lloyd

Feminist perspectives on wife abuse have appeared in the literature since the problem of battering first was identified. Feminists brought the issue to the forefront of the national agenda in the late 1970s and worked tirelessly as advocates for battered women in the shelter movement (Yllö, 1988). Despite the fact that feminists initiated inquiry into the problem, the majority of research conducted on battered women during the last 20 years has a decidedly empiricist and nonfeminist or even antifeminist flavor. As a result of the different theoretical perspectives taken on the examination of wife abuse, several controversies have arisen in the literature. Perhaps the most visible of these controversies has ...

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