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Feminist Contributions to Understanding Woman Abuse: Myths, Controversies, and Realities

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 16 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 2011 Pages: 297-302
Walter S. DeKeseredy
Date Published
August 2011
6 pages
This article presents the feminist perspective for use in research on woman abuse in intimate relationships.
Woman abuse in intimate heterosexual relationships takes different shapes and forms and is a worldwide public health problem. Many journalists, activists, and researchers, however, minimize the extent of woman abuse, sharply criticize feminist empirical, theoretical, and policy work on this issue, and disseminate myths about feminism. A key objective of this paper is to challenge these myths and respond to criticisms of feminist scholarship. Another goal is to show that some feminists use quantitative methods and that feminist techniques influence some types of conventional research, such as large-scale surveys conducted in Canada and the United States. (Published Abstract)


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