- Psychologists found more women can be classed as ‘intimate terrorists’
- This means they routinely abuse partners both physically and mentally
- Within partner relationships, women are just as controlling as men
- They are also more likely to be physically aggressive, the study claimed
- It suggests 'intimate partner violence' may not be motivated by patriarchal values, as previously thought
Women may be known as the gentler sex, but the stereotype is a myth, according to a new study.
Psychologists claim that women are more likely than men to be controlling and aggressive relationship ‘terrorists’.
The scientists found that far from the popular notion of women tending to be victims of ‘intimate partner violence’ (IPV) - physical, sexual, or psychological harm - they were more physically aggressive to their partners than men.
‘This was an interesting finding. Previous studies have sought to explain male violence towards women as rising from patriarchal values, which motivate men to seek to control women’s behaviour, using violence if necessary,’ said Dr Elizabeth Bates, from the university.
‘This study found that women demonstrated a desire to control their partners and were more likely to use physical aggression than men.
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