Wife Battering

  • Edward W. Gondolf
  • Ellen R. Fisher


Wife battering has been described as the social problem of the past decade. According to a 1976 national survey, it had reached “epidemic” proportions (Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 1980): nearly 2 million women battered a year. At least one act of violence occurs per year in 16% of all married couples. Nearly one-third of all married couples experience physical abuse at some point. Some researchers estimate that actually over one-half of all wives will be assaulted sometime during their marriage (Walker, 1979). One-fifth of all homicides are committed by family members (FBI, 1988), and the vast majority of these are related to a long history of wife battering (Browne, 1987), as is discussed in Chapter 20.


Domestic Violence Family Violence Battered Woman Feminist Perspective Abusive Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward W. Gondolf
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ellen R. Fisher
    • 3
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  3. 3.La Casa de las MadresSan FranciscoUSA

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