Rosenthal April 4, 2005 For decades, government policy on domestic violence has been, and continues to be, predicated on the erroneous belief that the overwhelming majority of cases involve a man brutally abusing a helpless woman, and that the number of male victims and female abusers is negligible. S.'s leading authorities in the research of family violence.
He has been a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire since 1968, is founder and Co-Director of UNH's Family Research Laboratory, conducted the First and Second National Family Violence Surveys in 19, and continues to be active in the research to this day.
In 2006, he presented results of his 32-nation International Dating Violence Study.
On August 15, 2002, Straus was a guest on the radio show "The Exchange" hosted by Laura Knoy on NH Public Radio.
During that show, Straus said that the researchers who did the National Violence Against Women Survey for the Dept.
of Justice tried to bias it by intentionally omitting questions that could show women in a negative light and neglecting to include men in the study.
The researchers did not originally intend to include men in the study at all.
They only did so after a great deal criticism by other researchers who wanted the study to be conducted in an unbiased fashion, among them Straus. Click here to listen to audio clip of this segment of the radio show.
When I first heard the show, the significance of Straus' comments didn't hit me. study's policy implications section makes no mention of the fact that, contrary to popular belief and the researchers' expectations, men constitute 36% of victims of physical assault by an intimate partner.
It was only recently, as I was cleaning up old files on my computer, that I listened to the show again and realized that it offers an explanation of why the D. When researchers approach a topic in an unbiased fashion, one would expect their report to highlight the most surprising results.