Domestic Violence StatisticsHi Tara, 'Radical Acceptance' was recommended to me by a friend many years ago and loved it. In turn I have recommended it to many of my friends. I was also happy to hear of your new book, 'True Refuge'. I found it most helpful until I got to the section on domestic violence and read on page 142, that 'the conservative AMA estimates that more than 30% of all married women, as well as 30% of all pregnant women, have been beaten by their spouses.' In the past I have noted that there are numerous citations which vilify men and which are generally pure fiction. I would appreciate it if you could cite your source for this claim so that I can investigate its accuracy. From my own readings, I estimate that in our culture at this time in domestic relations men and women are about equally likely to be victims (and victimizers). This is certainly not true in public where men are significantly more inclined to violence and, hence, more likely to be both injured and injuree. One of the earlier studies which support this is available on line and can be a good starting point http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/V55.pdf An example of an obviously incorrect claim which vilifies men is: "Domestic violence results in the death of an average of four women every day in the United States, and is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and economic groups, and transcends all social barriers (Mills, 1998)." Mills, L. (1998). Mandatory arrest and prosecution policies for domestic violence. Criminal Justice and Behavior 25:306-318 http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/25/3/306.full.pdf+html Further investigation reveals: Novello, A., Rosenberg, M., Saltzman, L., & Shosky, J. (1992 Jun 17). From the Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, JAMA, 267(23), 3132 which states 'One study found violence to be ... the leading cause of injuries to women ages 15 through 44 years (Am J Epidemiol. 1991;134:59-68). That study, conducted for a 1-year period by the Philadelphia Injury Prevention Program, examined injuries to women resulting in emergency department visits or death.'. At no point did Ms. Novello imply that this very limited result could be generalized to a much larger population as Ms. Mills claimed. Further, a review of the actual study reveals that it is an exceptionally limited and biased sample, a single impoverished neighborhood rife with drugs and prostitution and there were no controls for non-domestic violence which could be quite significant in this very limited group. It makes me sad when people vilify men with false claims. Domestic violence is a very serious and complex problem but creating false hysteria and artificial divisions does not aid in the process of addressing the real issues. I hope that in the future you will not me misled by these false claims but will instead approach the problem with a more compassionate response.
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