Female Batterers

Resources & References


Hotlines and Helplines Battered Men

Washington’s Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025

Informative Websites on Battered Man

Bert Hoff: Battered Men

National and International Resources

Research Findings on Battered Men & Violent Women

References Examining Assaults by Women on Their Spouses or Male partners

Online Resources

Domestic violence, gender, and counselling: Toward a more gender-inclusive understanding

The Risk of Serious Physical Injury from Assault by a Woman Intimate

Characteristics Of The National Violence Against Women Study That Might Explain The Low Assault Rate For Both Sexes And The Even Lower Rate For Assaults By Women

Scientific American on Are Men the More Belligerent Sex?

One in Three Victims of Family Violence are Males (Australia)

Men tell their stories

Domestic abuse and social bias against men

Male domestic violence victims need more support


Cook, P. W. (1997). Abused men: The hidden side of domestic violence. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Pearson, P. (1997). When she was bad. New York: Viking.

Wallin, Beverly A. (2014). You Don’t Have to be a Wimp to be Abused: An Easy Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse Against Men

Annotated Bibliography

References Examining Asaults by Women on Their Spouses or Male Partners: Latest Research Findings

References Examining Assaults by Women on Their Spouses or Male Partners


Women Batterers in Heterosexual Relationships

  • Allen-Collinson, J. (2009). A marked man: Female perpetrated intimate partner abuse. International Journal of Men’s Health, 8, (1), 22-40.
  • Archer, J. (2006). Cross cultural differences in physical aggression between partners: A social-role analysis. Personality & Social Psychology Review, 10, 133-153.
  • Archer, J. (2000). Sex differences in aggression between heterosexual partners: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 651-680.
  • Basile, S. (2004). Comparison of abuse by same and opposite-gender litigants as cited in requests for abuse prevention orders. Journal of Family Violence, 19, 59-68.
  • Brown, G. (2004). Gender as a factor in the response of the law-enforcement system to violence against partners. Sexuality and Culture, 8, (3-4), 3-139.
  • Buttell, F. P., Powers, D., & Wong, A. (2012). Evaluating predictors of program attrition among women mandated into batterer intervention treatment. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(1), 20-28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731511413473
  • Capaldi, D. M., Kim, H. K., & Shortt, J. W. (2007). Observed initiation and reciprocity of physical aggression in young at-risk couples. Journal of Family Violence, 22 (2) 101-111.
  • Capaldi, D. M, Kim, H. K., & Shortt, J. W. (2004). Women’s involvement in aggression in young adult romantic relationships. In M. Putallaz and K. L. Bierman (Eds.). Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls (pp. 223-241). New York: Guildford Press.
  • Carney, M. M., & Buttell, F. P. (2006). An evaluation of a court-mandated batterer intervention program: Investigating differential program effect for African American and White women. Research on Social Work Practice, 16(6), 571-581. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731506289115
  • Carney, M. M., & Buttell, F. P. (2004). A multidimensional evaluation of a treatment program for female batterers: A pilot study. Research on Social Work Practice, 14(4), 249-258. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731503262223
  • Carney, M., Buttell, F., & Dutton, D. (2007). Women who perpetrate intimate partner violence: A review of the literature with recommendations for treatment. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12, 108-115.
  • Cercone, J. J., Beach, S. R., & Arias, I. (2005). Gender Symmetry in Dating Intimate Partner Violence: Does Behavior Imply Similar Constructs? Violence and Victims, 20 (2) 207-218. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.2005.20.2.207
  • Chang, D. F., Shen, B-J., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2009). Prevalence and demographic correlates of intimate partner violence in Asian Americans. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 32, 167-175.
  • Cogan, R., & Ballinger III, B. C. (2006). Alcohol problems and the differentiation of partner, stranger, and general violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21 (7), 924-935.
  • Cook, P. W. (2009). Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Cook, P. W., & Hodo, T. L. (2013). When Women Sexually Abuse Men: The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Harassment, and Sexual Assault. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Cui, M., Lorenz, F. O., Conger, R. D., Melby, J. N., & Bryant, C. M. (2005). Observer, self-, and partner reports of hostile behaviors in romantic relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 1169-1181.
  • Davis. R. L. (2010). Domestic violence-related deaths. Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, 2 (2), 44-52.
  • Doroszewicz, K., & Forbes, G. B. (2008). Experiences with dating aggression and sexual coercion among Polish college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23, 58-73.
  • Dowd, L., & Leisring, P. A. (2008). A framework for treating partner aggressive women. Violence and victims, 23(2), 249-263. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.23.2.249.
  • Dutton, D. G., Corvo, K. N., & Hamel, J. (2009). The gender paradigm in domestic violence research and practice part II: The information website of the American Bar Association. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14, 30-38.
  • Eaton, D. K., Davis, K. S., Barrios, L., Brener, N. D., & Noonan, R. K. (2007). Associations of dating violence victimization with lifetime participation, co-occurrence, and early initiation of risk behaviors among U. S. high school students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 585-602.
  • Felson, R. B. (2008). The legal consequences of intimate partner violence for men and women. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 639-646.
  • Ferreira, R. J., & Buttell, F. P. (2016). Can a “psychosocial model” help explain violence perpetrated by female batterers?. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(4), 362-371. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731514543665
  • Fiebert, M. S. (2012) REFERENCES EXAMINING ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR SPOUSES OR MALE PARTNERS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Retreived from https://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm
  • Forke, C. M., Myers, R. K., Catallozzi, M., & Schwarz, D. F. (2008). Relationship violence among female and male college undergraduate students. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, 162, 634-641.
  • George, M. J. (2007). The “great taboo” and the role of patriarchy in husband and wife abuse. International Journal of Men’s Health, 6, 7-22.
  • Goldenson, J., Geffner, R., Foster, S. L., & Clipson, C. R. (2007). Female domestic violence offenders: Their attachment security, trauma symptoms, and personality organization. Violence and Victims, 22(5), 532-545. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926770903231791
  • Graham-Kevan, N. (2007). Domestic violence: Research and implications for batterer programmes in Europe. European Journal of Criminal Policy & Research, 13, 213-225.
  • Hamel, J. (2009). Toward a gender-inclusive conception of intimate partner violence research and theory: Part 2-new directions. International Journal of Men’s Health, 8, (1) 41-59.
  • Hines, D. A. & Douglas, E. M. (2010). Intimate terrorism by women towards men: does it exist? Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2, (3), 36-56.
  • Hines, D. A., & Douglas, E. M. (2013). Predicting potentially life-threatening partner violence by women toward men: A preliminary analysis. Violence and Victims, 28(5), 751-771. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-12-00104.
  • Hines, D. A. & Malley-Morrison, K. (2001). Psychological effects of partner abuse against men: a neglected research area. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 2, 75-85.
  • Jankey, O., Prospero, M., & Fawson, P. (2011). Mutually violent attitudes: Effects on intimate partner violence and mental health symptoms among couples in Botswana, Africa. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3, (1) 4-11.
  • Kumar, A. (2012). Domestic violence against men in India: A perspective. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22, 290-296.
  • Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J. (2010). Controversies involving gender and intimate partner violence in the United States. Sex Roles, 62, 179-193.
  • Lysova, A. V. & Douglas, E. M. (2008). Intimate partner violence among male and female Russian University students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23 (11) 1579-1599.
  • Moxon, S. (2011). Beyond staged retreat behind virtual ‘gender paradigm’ barricades: the rise and fall of the misrepresentation of partner-violence, and its eclipse by an understanding of mate-guarding. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3, 45-56.
  • Nowinskia, S. N. & Bowen, E. (2012). Partner violence against heterosexual and gay men: Prevalence and correlates. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17 (1) 36-52.
  • Pearson, P. (1997). When she was bad: Violent women & the myth of innocence. New York, NYL Viking Press.
  • Prospero, M. (2009). Sex-symmetric effects of coercive behaviors on mental health? Not exactly. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24 (1), 128-146.
  • Randle, A. A. & Graham, C. A. (2011). A review of the evidence on the effects of intimate partner violence on men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 12, (2) 96-111.
  • Straus, M. A. (2009). Current controversies and prevalence concerning female offenders of intimate partner violence. Why the overwhelming evidence of partner physical violence by women has not been perceived and is often denied. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18, 1-19.
  • Tutty, L. M., Babins-Wagner, R., & Rothery, M. A. (2006). Group treatment for aggressive women: An initial evaluation. Journal of Family Violence, 21(5), 341-349. doi:10.1007/s10896-006-9030-6
  • Winstok, Z. & Straus, M. A. (2011). Gender differences in intended escalatory tendencies among marital partners. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26 (18), 3599-3617.

Women Batterers in Lesbian Relationships

  • Badenes-Ribera, L., Bonilla-Campos, A., Frias-Navarro, D., Pons-Salvador, G., & Monterde-i-Bort, H. (2016). Intimate partner violence in self-identified lesbians: A systematic review of its prevalence and correlates. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 17(3), 284-297.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838015584363
  • Badenes-Ribera, L., Frias-Navarro, D., Bonilla-Campos, A., Pons-Salvador, G., & Monterde-i-Bort, H. (2015). Intimate partner violence in self-identified lesbians: A meta-analysis of its prevalence. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 12(1), 47-59. doi:10.1007/s13178-014-0164-7
  • Balsam, K. F., & Szymanski, D. M. (2005). Relationship quality and domestic violence in women’s same‐sex relationships: The role of minority stress. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29(3), 258-269. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2005.00220.x
  • Barnes, R. (2011). ‘Suffering in a silent vacuum’: Woman-to-woman partner abuse as a challenge to the lesbian feminist vision. Feminism & Psychology, 21(2), 233-239. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353510370183
  • Brown, M. J., & Groscup, J. (2009). Perceptions of same-sex domestic violence among crisis center staff. Journal of family violence, 24(2), 87-93. doi:10.1007/s10896-008-9212-5
  • Buttell, F., & Starr, E. (2013). Lifting the veil: Foundations for a gender-inclusive paradigm of intimate partner violence. In Perceptions of Female Offenders (pp. 117-132). Springer New York.
  • Calton, J. M., Cattaneo, L. B., & Gebhard, K. T. (2016). Barriers to help seeking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 17(5), 585-600. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838015585318
  • Cannon, C. (2015). Illusion of inclusion: The failure of the gender paradigm to account for intimate partner violence in LGBT relationships. Partner Abuse, 6(1), 65-77. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/openview/9828b863072f90868ddcfae1193a2082/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=646495
  • Donovan, C., & Hester, M. (2010). ‘I hate the word “victim”‘: An exploration of recognition of domestic violence in same sex relationships. Social Policy and Society, 9(02), 279-289. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746409990406
  • Duke, A., & Davidson, M. M. (2009). Same-sex intimate partner violence: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative outreach and advocacy. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18(8), 795-816. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926770903291787
  • Gaman, A., McAfee, S., Homel, P., & Jacob, T. (2017). Understanding patterns of intimate partner abuse in male–male, male–female, and female–female couples. Psychiatric Quarterly, 88(2), 335-347. doi:10.1007/s11126-016-9450-2
  • Kulkin, H. S., Williams, J., Borne, H. F., de la Bretonne, D., & Laurendine, J. (2007). A review of research on violence in same-gender couples: A resource for clinicians. Journal of Homosexuality, 53(4), 71-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918360802101385
  • Little, B., & Terrance, C. (2010). Perceptions of domestic violence in lesbian relationships: Stereotypes and gender role expectations. Journal of Homosexuality, 57(3), 429-440. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918360903543170
  • McKenry, P. C., Serovich, J. M., Mason, T. L., & Mosack, K. (2006). Perpetration of gay and lesbian partner violence: A disempowerment perspective. Journal of Family Violence, 21(4), 233-243. doi:10.1007/s10896-006-9020-8
  • Mishra, S., Mishra, T., Sahoo, N., & Panda, P. (2016). Domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relationships. International Journal of Scientific Research, 5(9). Retrieved from http://www.worldwidejournals.in/ojs/index.php/ijsr/index
  • Murray, C. E., Mobley, A. K., Buford, A. P., & Seaman-DeJohn, M. M. (2007). Same-sex intimate partner violence: Dynamics, social context, and counseling implications. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 1(4), 7-30. doi:10.1007/s10896-008-9212-5
  • Rausch, M. A. (2016). Adverse childhood experiences and intimate partner violence in lesbian and queer relationships. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 10(2), 97-111.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15538605.2016.1157556
  • Sorenson, S. B., & Thomas, K. A. (2009). Views of intimate partner violence in same‐and opposite‐sex relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(2), 337-352.DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00602.x
  • Speziale, B., & Ring, C. (2006). Intimate violence among lesbian couples: Emerging data and critical needs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 18(1-2), 85-96. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/citedby/10.1300/J086v18n01_04?scroll=top&needAccess=true
  • Stiles-Shields, C., & Carroll, R. A. (2015). Same-sex domestic violence: Prevalence, unique aspects, and clinical implications. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41(6), 636-648. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2014.958792
  • Walters, M. L. (2011). Straighten up and act like a lady: A qualitative study of lesbian survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 23(2), 250-270.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2011.559148
  • Wilson, H. W., & Widom, C. S. (2010). Does physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in childhood increase the likelihood of same-sex sexual relationships and cohabitation? A prospective 30-year follow-up. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(1), 63-74.doi:10.1007/s10508-008-9449-3

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