Violence is gendered
To understand the discussion about violence and gender it is necessary to first understand what the word gender means. Gender does not mean “women,” “men,” or “sex.” Here are two articles that explain what the word gender means and why it is relevant to health research.
Fishman, J. R., Wick, J. G., & Koenig, B. A. (1999). The use of “sex” and “gender” to define and characterize meaningful differences between men and women. Agenda for Research on Women’s Health for the 21st Century, 2, 15–20.
Here are some sources on gender and gender asymmetry in violence against intimate partners.
Dragiewicz, M. and Lindgren, Y. (2009). The gendered nature of domestic violence: Statistical data for lawyers considering equal protection analysis. American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. The first annual American Bar Association Domestic Violence Commission and Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law domestic violence dedicated section, 17(2), 229-268.
Dragiewicz, M. (2009). Why sex and gender matter in domestic violence research and advocacy. In E. Stark and E. Buzawa (Eds.) Violence against women in families and relationships: Making and breaking connections, Volume three: Criminal justice and the law (pp. 201-215). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
DeKeseredy, W. and Dragiewicz, M. (2007). Understanding the complexities of feminist perspectives on woman abuse: A commentary on Donald G. Dutton’s Rethinking domestic violence. Violence Against Women, 13(8), 874-884.
Dragiewicz, M. (2013). Family violence or woman abuse? Putting gender back into the Canadian research equation In R. Alaggia, and C. Vine, (Eds.) Cruel but not unusual: Violence in Canadian families, Vol. II (pp. 76-104). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.