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The Myth of the Battered Husband Syndrome

By Jack C. Straton, Ph.D. Department of Physics Portland State University Portland, OR 97207-0751 straton@cs.pdx.edu Reprinted with permission from masculinities 2, 79-82 (1994). The most recurrent backlash against women’s safety is the myth that men are battered as often as women. Suzanne Steinmetz [1] created this myth with her 1977 study of 57 couples, in which four wives were seriously beaten but no husbands

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