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Women are Just as Likely to be Charged With Domestic Violence as Men

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

April 6, 2020

A common belief has been that domestic violence is something that can only be done by a man to a woman. Abuse from a woman against a man has typically been seen as some form of self-defense.

However, this view is quickly changing as the media continues to cover more cases of women committing domestic violence against men.

CDC Domestic Violence Study

A survey conducted by the CDC from 2010 shows that 23.6% of the women who were interviewed admitted to being violent towards their significant other at least one time in their life.

Additionally, the study goes on to state that:

  • 20.7% of men in low-income households have been the victims of domestic abuse
  • 35.5% of women in low-income homes have been the victims of domestic abuse

These numbers show that while women are more often the victims of abuse, there is still a large number of males who are also the victims.

Domestic Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships

Another less talked about side of domestic abuse is with same-sex relationships. In a lesbian relationship, it’s not uncommon for the dominant partner to be violent towards their female significant other.

In fact, a recent study shows that 17% to 45% of lesbians claim to have been abused by their female counter-part, many including sexual assault, at least once.

Disputing Your Accusation

We live in a time where, whether you are male or female, domestic violence allegations can turn your world completely upside down. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, you need to take the proper steps to protect your rights and your future. An accusation that goes left without legal representation could result in serious, lasting legal trouble.

Don’t let your future change its path due to allegations. Our team can help today (305) 330-1360.