Gender matters in intimate partner violence

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This chapter addresses the gender symmetry debate concerning intimate partner violence (IPV). I argue that: (1) gender matters at the individual psyche, micro-everyday, institutional, structural, and cultural levels of peoples' lives; (2) gender symmetry arguments have been captured by individualistic and binary models of gender that conflate sex and gender, ignore theoretical analyses of both gender and violence and neglect the importance of intersectionality; and (3) symmetry arguments fail to incorporate sustained analyses of forms of IPV that are uniquely gendered. I include in this category rape and sexual coercion, reproductive control, and violence during pregnancy, as well as behaviors that are highly correlated with lethal outcomes, such as strangulation. I illustrate my argument about the importance of intersectionality with a brief case profile of a battered man. I also review narratives from women and men who have been subjected to coercive control and IPV and US national level data reflecting the ongoing significance of gender in people's lives. I conclude with recommendations for research and policy that take seriously the gendered nature of intimate partner violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages133-149
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781461458715, 1461458706, 9781461458708
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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violence
gender
intersectionality
psyche
rape
neglect
pregnancy
narrative

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Ferraro, K. (2014). Gender matters in intimate partner violence. In Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses (pp. 133-149). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5871-5_9

Gender matters in intimate partner violence. / Ferraro, Kathleen.

Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. Springer New York, 2014. p. 133-149.

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Ferraro, K 2014, Gender matters in intimate partner violence. in Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. Springer New York, pp. 133-149. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5871-5_9
Ferraro K. Gender matters in intimate partner violence. In Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. Springer New York. 2014. p. 133-149 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5871-5_9
Ferraro, Kathleen. / Gender matters in intimate partner violence. Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. Springer New York, 2014. pp. 133-149
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