That 911 call was played and replayed on television and radio.For the first time, Americans were in the midst of a terrifying incident called “domestic violence” and they could hear for themselves the terror that millions of American women live with every day.But despite these advances, battering alone is now the single leading cause of injury to women in the United States.A million women every year visit physicians and hospital emergency rooms for treatment of battering injuries.Battering is cited as a contributing factor in a quarter of all suicide attempts by women.At least 50% of homeless women and children in the United States are in flight from male violence.A man of any age can threaten, intimidate, abuse, and batter a woman to make her do what he wants. The batterer who says he “loses control” of his temper with “his” woman will be perfectly calm when the police arrive. He is making rational choices on the basis of what he can get away with.The cycle of domestic violence demonstrates the complex dynamics of power and control.
Nicole Brown Simpson told a police dispatcher, “He’s going nuts”.
In 1998, the NCVS estimated approximately one million domestic violence crimes, which were committed by current or former spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends and 85% of the crimes were committed by males.
Domestic violence rates have been declining at a rate of 4% per year for males and 1% for females.
But in fact, the batterer is in control and of the person he batters.
After all, control is one of the purposes of battering.
Women’s disadvantaged position in the work force and their continued responsibility for child raising reinforce their economic dependence on their husbands and partners, thereby making it difficult for women to leave abusive relationships.