Wife Beating

A Product of Sociosexual Development
  • Del Martin
  • Harold P. Blum
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


From a national survey of 2,143 couples (Straus, 1977), it is estimated that, of the 47 million couples living together in 1975, 1.7 million had faced a spouse wielding a knife or a gun, well over 2 million had been beaten up by a marital partner, and approximately 2.5 million had engaged in violence with a high risk of injury.


Child Abuse Sexual Satisfaction Battered Woman Wife Beating Marital Violence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Del Martin
    • 1
  • Harold P. Blum
    • 2
  1. 1.California Commission on Crime Control and Violence PreventionSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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