The Public Perception of Female and Male Violence in Marital Relationships

Yael Wilchek-Aviad, Vered Neeman-Haviv, Nitzan Shagan, Adva ota-shushan

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Most studies dealing with intimate partner violence (IPV) investigate situations where the man is the aggressor. The present study examines the participants’ social perception of IPV and the connection between social perception and the severity of the violent act and its justification when carried out by men against women and vice versa. The research is based on a structured, self-reported anonymous questionnaire answered by 240 participants. The questionnaire examined demographic variables, attitudes toward IPV, the severity of the violent act, and its justification. Findings indicate that violent behavior of women is perceived as more justified than that of men and that men’s violent behavior is perceived as more severe by women than by men, but women’s violent behavior is perceived to be equally severe by men and women. The study raises awareness of the lack of gender boundaries in violence and of gender discrimination against males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-328
Number of pages17
JournalSmith College Studies in Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2018


  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • dyadic concordance types (DCT)
  • female violence
  • male victims
  • social perception


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