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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Women Who Resort To Violence in Intimate Relationships

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In cases of domestic violence, some research findings suggest that men and women are equally violent toward intimate partners. However, the dynamics underlying intimate partner violence committed by men and women is frequently very different. Often, women who use violence do not exert force in a way as to assert power and control. Their behavior is often a way to protect themselves and a reaction to the abuse which they have experienced for years. As victimization comes to a head, women who resort to violence do so as a method to stay safe. In addition, the impact of violence committed by men leads to more severe consequences for the women they abuse. However, differences between the two scenarios are often not considered within the legal system, leading to arrests and convictions for women who are primarily battered women who use violent behavior as a result of the violence perpetrated against them rather than in an effort to control their partners. The number of women arrested does not reflect the true existence of women as primary aggressors, but rather a crack in the criminal justice system. The following paper will discuss research that investigates women who resort to violence in domestic relationships and the prevalence of this in recent years. Additionally, the differences between men and women’s use of interpersonal violence will be explored. It is hypothesized that women are more negatively impacted by domestic abuse than men. This paper proposes to explore explanations regarding intimate partner violence committed by women and gendered reactions to women who resort to violence. In summary, a review of the literature on women who resort to violence will help health care professionals understand what motivates a woman to use interpersonal violence.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST