Studying partner violence to understand gender motivations - or vice-versa?

Zeev Winstok, Michael Weinberg, Ronit Smadar-Dror

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This article critically reviews the literature on gender differences in intimate partner violence. The review reveals that many researchers view partner violence as an opportunity to learn about gender. This approach is examined and its limitations are pointed out. A reverse approach is proposed which views the study of gender as an opportunity to learn about partner violence. This alternative approach identifies gender motives in general and moves on to explore the expressions of these motives in violent and non-violent intimate relationships. Theoretical and practical implications for this alternative approach are suggested. An important implication is the moderating effect of the proposed approach on the ongoing controversy over the role of gender in partner violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
StatePublished - May 2017

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  • Gender motives
  • Partner violence
  • Risk reduction
  • Status enhancement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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