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Changing Public Stories About Domestic Violence

In a poor example of social science journalism, the Washington Post ran an irresponsible article by a sociologist who used invalid statistics to argue women who are married are more protected from domestic abuse. International social science studies show this is not the case.

Writing for the New York Times, sociologist Sara Shoener has conducted research of how the justice system deals with domestic violence cases and has seen first-hand the damage that this type of thinking creates.

“Prioritising two-parent families tethers victims of violence to their assailants.”  

Sara Shoener

New York Times

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