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​Losing the ‘gender’ in gender-based violence

Author(s) Reed, Elizabeth, Anita Raj, Elizabeth Miller, and Jay G. Silverman
Title Losing the 'gender' in gender-based violence: the missteps of research on dating and intimate partner violence
Source Violence Against Women, March 2010, Vol. 16, No.3, pp. 1-23
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Summary This article discusses frameworks used by researchers to understand and address intimate partner violence (IPV), including dating violence. The authors are concerned that the gender-based framework is being ignored in some studies that concentrate on 'mutual aggression' or 'female perpetrators'. There is a concern that removing gender from the theoretical frameworks will have serious consequences resulting in misguided and ineffective prevention and intervention programs being developed. To support their argument the authors refer to the evidence, including the higher likelihood of women and girls than men and boys to be injured or killed as a result of partner violence and other unintended health consequences such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Support for IPV being gender-based also comes from WHO and leading health institutions. It is suggested that IPV which threatens the lives of women and girls as a result of gender-power imbalances be distinguished in research from interpersonal violence that female partners may use against male partners.
Keywords Domestic abuse; IPV; intimate partner violence; gender-based; interpersonal violence.
Topic Domestic violence; male victims