Eminent Domestic Violence researcher Richard Gelles, in his article Domestic Violence: Not an Even Playing Field, criticises what he claims are inappropriate uses to which his research data have been put.
He explains what he means by saying;
"The statement that men and women hit one another in roughly equal numbers is true, however, it cannot be made in a vacuum without the qualifiers that a) women are seriously injured at seven times the rate of men and b) that women are killed by partners at more than two times the rate of men."
He does not cite any sources for these dubious statements. By contrast, there is evidence that the contrary is the case:
Either Professor is against domestic violence, or he is not against domestic violence. If he is against domestic violence per se, then he will admit that the statement that men and women hit one another in roughly equal numbers is important -- even in a vacuum -- as indicating that equal resources should be devoted to preventing violence by women and violence by men.
If Professor Gelles thinks that the context is important, he should think about the context in an intelligent and thoroughgoing manner. Why is it that (as he admits) men and women hit one another in roughly equal numbers , yet it is overwhelmingly men who are arrested for domestic violence, rather than men and women being arrested in equal numbers?
The answer is that the Feminist movement was what brought such a lot of university (but not necessarily "academic") focus on domestic violence, and that movement has only been interested in portraying women as victims. Meanwhile, most male academics have been too cowardly or incompetent to force our politicised Western universities and governments to take a scientific -- as opposed to a political -- approach to this issue. Professor Gelles, for all his faults, has actually been one of the best and fairest researchers in this area.
You can see from the website of the University of Rhode Island , where Dr. Gelles was working at the time, that it has:
* last accessed on 21 November 2007.