Why are so many middle class wives beating up their husbands?

Our thanks to Mike for this. The focus on female-on-male domestic violence as a ‘very middle class problem’ is unfortunate. An extract:

Disturbingly, it seems domestic violence against men has become a very middle-class problem. As women work, earn – and in many cases drink – as much as their menfolk, the dominant force in many relationships is no longer male and some women are lashing out.

Mark Brooks of the Mankind Initiative provides some balance:

‘Domestic abuse is no respecter of class or status. It crosses all social boundaries: we get calls from solicitors, bankers and GPs, as well as builders, dustmen and bus drivers.’


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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2 Responses to Why are so many middle class wives beating up their husbands?

  1. Nigel Miles says:

    And don’t forget the xenoestrogenic factor from drinking water laced with these compounds in plastic water bottles…drives a natural hormone imbalance too!!!!

  2. rawbradford says:

    Partner violence against female victims is more common in the lower socioeconomic groups (see http://mhrm.uk/wiki/incidence-by-demographic/). The same is true for male victims, but this demographic dependence is less marked for male victims. The most marked demographic dependencies are (a) age – far more common amongst younger couples, and, (b) marital status. Only 5% of partner violence recorded in the CSEW surveys is between married people.

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