The Baltimore Sun has recently released some statistics on the alleged domestic violence cases that arose in Maryland during the last year and the statistics may serve to create an unfair prejudice against men in domestic violence allegations. The statistics allegedly show that men are more likely to murder girlfriends, ex-girlfriends and wives than women are to kill boyfriends, ex-boyfriends and husbands. These kinds of statistics could lead to a stereotype that will immediately label men as the aggressors whenever domestic violence is suspected.
Between July 2009 and June 2010, 38 domestic spats seemingly led to a murder. Of those who died, 18 were female, 10 of which were supposedly killed by a boyfriend and seven apparently by an ex-boyfriend. The Baltimore Sun reports the other was killed by a relative.
While 18 of these alleged victims were women, 18 were also men. Of the 18, three were killed by a wife or ex-wife. Seven men were killed by girlfriends, intimate partners or by ex-girlfriends. One was also killed by a relative. Although it may seem easy to label men as the aggressor in a domestic violence argument or to suspect a husband, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend in a homicide investigation, the evidence shows that women are as likely to kill as men supposedly are.
For many men, being charged with or even being a suspect in a domestic violence or homicide case is extremely damaging to a reputation. The public, family and friends might all start to believe police accusations, even if the man is able to clear his name. Not only will his personal life be tainted by suspicion, employers may be reluctant to hire a new employee or retain a current employee because of an unnatural bias that men are always the aggressors in domestic violence situations.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Domestic violence statistics,” Oct. 26