Perceptions of ‘typical’ incidences of domestic violence are deeply ingrained in the public consciousness and based on gender stereotypes — but although more women than men are victims of domestic violence, statistics show that many incidences of violence are mutual, or involve a female aggressor and male victim, or take place within same-sex couples.
In December, Prof. Ben Hine, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of West London, gave a presentation at University College London in which he asked challenging questions about these societal beliefs around partner abuse: How do our perceptions of domestic violence influence the judgements we make regarding those involved? Are some victims taken less seriously than others, and why? And how do we change this?
This fascinating, surprising and insightful talk, explores our perceptions of domestic violence, and – for the sake of all victims – emphasises the importance of challenging unhelpful narratives.
To watch Prof Hine’s presentation, which was the latest in the UCL Gender Equity Network’s series of talks on contemporary gender issues, click on the videos below.