The feminization of social welfare: implications of cultural tradition vis-a-vis male victims of domestic violence

 

Author(s) Hall, Ronald E.
Title The feminization of social welfare: implications of cultural tradition vis-à-vis male victims of domestic violence
Source Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare,September 2012, Volume XXXIX, No. 3, pp7-27
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the author examines the premise that the feminisation of social welfare is normalised not only by cultural traditions but by relevant scholarship as well. An examination of the Social Work Abstracts database found that papers published on men were only 52% of those published on women. The author explores further the data on the prevalence of male victims of domestic violence commenting on research studies and victimisation data. The traditional social welfare model is described as emphasising the values and norms of the patriarch which establishes women as victims and men as perpetrators of domestic violence. It is suggested that acknowledgment of male victims of domestic violence and removal of the barriers to accessing services is needed. The author concludes by advocating that domestic violence be moved from a cultural to a social justice context.
Keywords Domestic violence; male victims; social welfare; cultural tradition; feminisation
Topic Domestic violence