Busting the Domestic Abuse Myths #7: Women are three times as likely to be arrested for domestic abuse then men

In 2009, Professor Marianne Hester at Bristol University produced research called Who Does What to Whom.

The assertion was made that women accused of domestic abuse were three times more likely to be arrested than a man. This myth has turned into fact and is still being used wholesale without challenge.

 

The research is very limited in terms of sample size (32 male and 32 female perpetrators) but also there is no comparison on the actual severity of the crimes involved – only such a comparison can be made when a man puts a knife in his female partner’s back and doesn’t get arrested but a women is arrested when the genres are reversed.

In addition, Ally Fogg (freelance journalist and writer) also wrote to say that “What we have here is not the ratio of how many men/women are arrested against how often they have committed an offence, but the ratio of how many men/women are arrested against how often a police officer decides that, on the balance of probabilities, they might have been more at fault.”

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