Spouse Assault: A Study of the Causes and Proposed Solutions
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Spouse assault is a new and controversial topic. Experts disagree on the actual causes of spouse assault and on the appropriate solutions. They disagree on the extent of the problem and on what actually constitutes a beating or battering. Because so many different opinions exist, and because one's opinion about spouse assault is linked to one's perception of the "proper" relationship between men and women, I must explain my vie~point here. My opinions come from a feminist perspective. This means that I believe women have been victimized in many ways by our society's mores and laws, by men, and by their upbringing and socialization. To me this is especially clear in spouse assault. I believe spouse assault is directly linked to the assigned sex-roles in our culture. I have tried, ho~ever, to be as impartial as possible in my discussion of the victims, the assailants, and the solutions. I do not think I have presented an unbalanced picture-- I have tried to understand spouse assault as a problem of our entire society, and not as a battle of women against men.