"I'm not a victim, she's an abuser": masculinity, victimization, and protection orders

 

Author(s) Durfee, Alesha
Title "I'm not a victim, she's an abuser": masculinity, victimization, and protection orders
Source Gender & Society,June 2011, Vol 25, No 3, pp 316-334
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Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary Data for this study came from filings for protection orders in an urban county in the USA in 2000. It was found that men filing for orders described their victimisation in different ways than women and analysis found four gendered themes: power and control in the relationship; claims about identity, both victim and abuser; use of violence; and fear of the respondent. The men's description of the violence focused on how they were still in control of the relationship and although they had suffered an assault they were not victims and most men did not express a fear of their partner. Men were able to describe abuse in ways consistent with hegemonic masculinity. The author suggests that men see their partners as abusers and they are applying for a protection order so the state can stop this abuse before the men are forced to assert their own power and control.
Keywords Domestic violence; male victims; masculinity; protection orders
Topic Domestic violence