August 27, 2023
From Dissident Voice


The most difficult aspect of writing about BWS — battered wife syndrome or intimate partner violence — is that as a man, I have to embrace reality: gender violence is not just fostered by the socialization of men to be more powerful than women, but for so many judges, lawyers, DAs and the public, this relationship is considered a two-way street with both man and woman to be equally responsible for the victimization.

This patriarchal false balancing then continues to socialize many men to believe they have a right to create the need to abuse power and to control women. It’s that vicious cycle of seeing dad abuse mom, and then becoming an abuser himself.