10 Things Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Domestic Violence

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Men are victims too

Yes, men are also victims of IPV but statistically it affects women more than men. I do not think the author is saying that men are not victims, but IPV occurs more in women. Also, I believe the title should be, "10 things everyone should know". Social workers already know these things about IPV.

Shanel M. more than 3 years ago


Stick to teaching Social Work. I studied Criminal Justice, and the statistics speak otherwise. I've also taken MANY phone calls from battered men, and have heard their experiences.

Elka Zwick more than 5 years ago

Gender based?

Coming from a home that I witnessed my Father getting beat up on a daily basis by my mother I cringe at #2.

I understand that mainly women are victims, but how does that lessen my families severity of domestic violence my mother put us through?

Part of me wishes I majored in social work in college just to stop this gender stereotype. Men are victims too.

Child Victim of DV more than 7 years ago

No sex is exceptional

I'm thankful to read someone's truth about a women being the abuser. I have been in my past relationships and mainly my childhood. The moment I was in a relationship with a man that had his wrong doings and I knew he became fearful of my temper tantrums I used that control with hitting screaming yelling to the top of my lungs saying anything that I assumed would hurt him and even more. My abuse to him was stemming from not dealing with my past. A lot of women that I have been able to interview and talk to that have been abused in there past and never recipient any help with overcoming there past 70% share some forms of abusive behavior. The statically ratings may be deferential and geard more towards men being abusers are stereotyping. No kind of abuse from no human being is excepted

Ericka more than 7 years ago

Domestic Violence

Mark Sandel writes ...... Domestic violence is usually gender based ... this paragraph is totally wrong and bias ... DV is Gender Neutral Not Gender Based !!.. I run a self-help group for males as the victim of domestic violence, I am also a psychotherapist with over 10 years professional experience. It's vitally important that the correct information be available for all to see. Please ensure that.
DV is destructive to all Genders .. Sexual Orientations .. Ethnic backgrounds ... Creeds ...Religions and ages ... if your going to make a statement about domestic violence make sure you get it right first ...

Simon more than 7 years ago

Science does not support much of this article

Domestic Violence is an awful crime regardless of the gender of the perpetrator or the victim, yet stating up to 95% is male on female is horribly misleading. Measuring the rate by standing outside an emergency room watching who get unloaded is not an accurate way to measure the ratio of domestic violence by one gender onto another.

A Center for Disease Control government survey found that men represent 53% and women represent 47% of all domestic violence victims

By making claims that are obviously sensational and incorrect instead of helping solve the problem you are creating other problems and detracting from your cause (which appears to be stopping violence against women). While your cause is worthy a more effective stance to consider could be stopping all domestic violence since a large percentage is bi-directional and uni-directional violence in nearly equal based on gender.

Choice Dads more than 7 years ago

men are victims also

i have been mentally abused by my wife, but because i'm a man we tend not to report this, she also has pushed me physically to, push me into a confrontation, the same issues that plague women, plague men also

raul more than 8 years ago

Domestic violence

As a person who's been abused - thank you for your words - it will help to educate people on all levels - I am no longer a victim of domestic violence - I made vowed to remove myself and my two young children from the situation - we now living a beautiful life :)

Beverly Deleary more than 8 years ago


Some of the most abusive people I know are females. Sad fact, no one reports them for emotional abuse. It's only tagged if the individual does something that gets them diagnosed with a mental disorder and so many of them don't get tagged (because no one, especially men, report their behavior).

Angie more than 8 years ago

um I think we know this

As a social worker I am a little insulted you that you think we wouldn't know these things.

dawb more than 8 years ago


And I'm a little insulted that you think everybody knows what you know. I didn't know half this stuff.

John Q. Public more than 8 years ago

Social Workers...... ugh

As a male victim I am disgusted that you as a Social Worker agree with the disgustingly dishonest gender bias of the article.

AV more than 7 years ago

Brilliant Article

Thank you so much for this article. It addresses some of the biggest obstacles to preventing and ending domestic violence. Woman are often blamed and re-victimized by first responders such as law enforcement and even social workers. The abusers use their skills of manipulation to carefully create a situation where the woman is powerless without resources and often finds a way to discredit her claiming she is unfit as a parent, a wife, in personal character and even laying claims of abuse on her. These charming abusers can convince the very people designated to help the battered woman of these accusations.

Another important fact not mentioned here is that the law and the courts have the final say in what happens to these women and their children. Often times society's attitude towards abused women and their lack of resources financial or otherwise tilt the scales of justice in favor of the abuser. It is important that domestic violence be addressed as a community and it is equally important that the justice system evolve to a higher level of competency to ensure justice for these women.

Nicole George more than 8 years ago


Substantial literature suggests that men and woman are both abusive and is not solely based on gender. The fact that women appear more in hospitals is because of the stigma and under reporting of violence against males.

Luis more than 8 years ago

domestic violence

Those are flawed studies. Those studies use the conflicts tactics scale, which ask which does not put the violence into context. DV is a gendered crime. There are absolutely male victims of this crime, but the women are still the majority of its victims.

Jennifer more than 8 years ago

Male IPV

While men are victims of domestic violence and their abuse is under reported we cannot forget that the abuse of women is a systemic problem that is directly related to the historical subjugation of women. The remnants of the idea that women are less than and are the property of their male partner that exists in society, the abuser, and sometimes in the women being abused.
I don't want to be misunderstood. I believe male victims of IPV need to be recognized and receive help but what I often see happening is a redirection away from the societal problems that create and enforce violence against women when we forget that by and large it is a gender issue.

Nicole George more than 8 years ago

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