Domestic violence victims in the United States lose 8 million paid work days every year, and apparently, those who hold jobs have a bigger chance of being abused in the first place.
According to new research, domestic violence is more than twice as likely to occur in homes in which both partners have jobs. 30% of women in heterosexual relationships with only the male held a job said they had experienced victimization, while 60% of women in home where both parties were employed reported to the study that they have been abused.
Dr. Cortney Franklin of Sam Houston State University of Texas, stated:
“When both male and females were employed, the odds of victimisation were more than two times higher than when the male was the only breadwinner in the partnership, lending support to the idea female employment may challenge male authority and power in a relationship.”
On the other hand, if the woman is in a non-employed role:
“When women are home-bound through their role as domestic workers, they lack connections to co-workers and the social capital that is produced through those connections, in addition to wages, job prestige, resources, and thus, power. In turn, they must rely solely on their male partner for financial sustenance and can benefit from the distinction that his employment brings the couple.”
So by diverting from the traditional role of staying at home, female partners may threaten the male’s “authority and power”? But if she needs her partner’s support, it’s easier for him to not abuse her? This study is incredibly troubling: it shows just how pervasive the fear of women in power is to some people, and the ways in which they’ll rationalize violence because of this.
There will undoubtedly be some groups who try to twist this into a “women shouldn’t be working, then” issue, but it’s not. The workforce has changed. Women are employed. This is something everyone, even those who believe in “tradition,” will have to deal with–and the only acceptable way to do that is in a nonviolent manner.