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The Victimization Of Heterosexual Males : A Literature Review On Domestic Violence

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The Victimization of Heterosexual Males: A Literature Review on Domestic Violence
Christopher L. Friendly
University of South Carolina

Introduction Domestic violence has become a topic of increasing interest by many public health professionals. The primary focus of these researchers, as observed through extensive research, tackles domestic violence towards women, with little attention given to the male population. In 2000, the Department of Justice published a report, based on surveys regarding each participants lifetime experiences, that provided evidence to suggest that fifty-five and nine tenths (55.9) percent of women are abused in the United States and sixty-six and nine tenths (66.9) percent of males fall victim to domestic violence (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000, p. 14). The abuse parameters in this report included: rape, attempted and completed; physical assault, throwing objects, pushed, grabbed, shoved, pulled hair, slapped, hit, kicked, bit, choked, tried to drown, hit with object, beat up, threatened with gun or knife and used gun or knife; along with forms of stalking (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000). In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study evaluating the same parameters as Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000. The data in this study found that thirty-five and six tenths (35.6) percent of women and twenty-eight and five tenths (28.5) percent of men fell victim to rape, physical violence, and/or stalking (Black, Basile,
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