Does it mean it challenges the general public to change their perception or could it infer that 'mainstream studies' (i.e. those typically undertaken by feminists) are having their agenda-driven love-affair with "female as victim & man as evil overlord" challenged at last?
Read on and find out....
TL;DR = Women are just as likely to commit violence in intimate relationships as men, as if we didn't know that already.
A deep analysis of a domestic violence study showed women & men were almost as likely as one another to resort to violence. Steve Wills, of the Family Violence unit and a senior constable said it was "potentially cause for concern" and that it "presents a challenging picture". Of course it's challenging for a police officer to discover that all his training by feminist advocacy agencies is wrong, it isn't always a man's fault and women aren't always the victims. This poor guy just had years of training & indoctrination of feminist-thinking blown away by an unbiased and in-depth study contradicting all he knows.
Wills observed that 'mainstream' studies always showed at least 80% of abusers were male. However, authors Terrie Moffitt, Avshalom Caspi & Richard Robins conducted a long term (longitudinal) study over many years and concluded that the 'mainstream' data was - bullshit - especially when in the context of violence within the home.
It was found that 40% of men had engaged in a variety of violent acts... As had 50% of women. Fifty percent. FIFTY Percent! FIFTY %
Think about that number.. 40% is bad enough, no doubt and each one of them is an asshat for resorting to violence. But FIFTY percent is literally half of the women monitored relied on abuse tactics. And it is has continually been swept under the carpet by feminist groups who insist on focusing exclusively on the female-as-victim model (Duluth model) and blaming men as a whole (teh patriarchy) for every act of violence between an intimate couple.
Wills observed that female victims of violence call sooner than do male victims, but couldn't quite bring himself to acknowledge the police's own deterring policies as part of the reasons why men speak out later than women. Instead, he blamed it on male bravado; "Men will not ask for assistance because they feel shame being beaten or dominated." Yet, in the next breath admitted, "Anti-violence programmes for men in South Canterbury were meeting demand but there was a waiting list for education and support programmes around managing anger for women. Traditionally women were seen as nurturers and supporters but there had been a shift away from those roles as women took up leadership positions and became primary money earners."
Unsurprisingly, as soon as an more 'mainstream'
Feminist SCWR manager, Dawn Rangi-Smith said she hadn't seen the study but wanted to know whether it included the context of the abuse and elaborated her