Spouse Abuse

  • Valerie J. Gilchrist
  • Melinda Strouse Graham


“Domestic violence is an extensive, pervading, and entrenched problem in the United States. It is an outrage to women and the entire American family.”1 “Battered woman” is another term used to describe the victim of spouse abuse. Her abuser may be her spouse or significant other, whether cohabiting at the time of the assault or separated. Ninety-five percent of such abuse involves a man abusing his female partner. Although several studies have shown an almost equal number of episodes of violence perpetrated by men and women, the context and results of these episodes vary such that the female partner is usually violent in self-defense and that she is much more likely to suffer injury.2–4 There is little published information concerning the remaining 5% of incidents, the majority of which occur between homosexual partners (male or female).2


Domestic Violence Female Partner Borderline Personality Disorder Battered Woman Abuse Woman 
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  • Valerie J. Gilchrist
  • Melinda Strouse Graham

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