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Real Men Don't Hit! by poasterchild Real Men Don't Hit! by poasterchild
Please disseminate widely, thank you! This does not give permission to alter or claim credit for this re-mixed work, for which I retain all copyrights. The original illustration is in the public domain.

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One out of four women will be assaulted by a man, one in five will be raped, and one-third of women who are victims of homicide will be killed by an intimate partner. Almost three-quarters (73%) of women who are victims of sexual violence are victimized by someone known to them. It is estimated that domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, during dating relationships.

Real men don't hit. Men can end violence against women. If you're involved in an abusive relationship, call your local department of social services, the police, or a local women's shelter, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233).
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you saying that men as a gender are violent towards women as a gender?
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am citing statistics that demonstrate that 90% of domestic violence incidents involve men battering women.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have doubts about those statistics. I am not questioning the morality of assault, just the statistics.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You have doubts, I have facts:

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:

➢ Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% of these were crimes against spouses.
➢ 84% of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abuse at were female.
➢ Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers.
➢ 50% of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims. Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouses: wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002, but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse.

Matthew R. Durose et al., U.S. Dep't of Just., NCJ 207846, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances, at 31-32 (2005).

Of those victimized by an intimate partner, 85% are women and 15% are men.2 In other words, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.

Lawrence A. Greenfeld et al. (1998). Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Factbook. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #167237.

Researchers looking have concluded that the true rate of man-on-woman intimate partner violence exceeds 90% because of the high rate of non-reporting.  Only about half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police.

Lawrence A. Greenfeld et al. (1998). Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Factbook. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #167237.


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Hbomba Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about the millions of unreported cases?
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I think I covered that.
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Hbomba Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do we gotta say violence against women? Patriarchy against women? 
WHY NOT VIOLENCE AGAINST HUMANITY? HMM? THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT UMBRELLA TERM!
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've addressed this.  The focus on violence against women is due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of incidents of intimate partner violence involve violence against women.

If you wish to express another view, please create some art of your own and post it rather than debating me.
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
While I completely and utterly agree with your message, I think it's also important to note that women too have the power to help end domestic violence. By becoming educated and learning to value themselves, perhaps they could learn to avoid bad situations in the first place and recognize the potential for abuse. It seems to me that people get stuck in cycles of abuse, and perhaps with a little knowledge we can help break that cycle :)

I also think it's important to point out that domestic abuse goes both ways, and harms men as well as women. Of course, that goes beyond the scope of your illustration, and I don't mean to criticize it--just to add my two cents :]
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thereasonilive Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Hello. I would like to ask a small question.

Why violence against women, in particular, rather than a simple 'anti-violence' campaign? I understand highlighting the most common issue, however 13% of domestic violence victims are male. Also, I happen to have noticed that this is aimed towards 'violence against women performed by men', despite there being many battered women from same-sex partnerships and relationships.

All-in-all, I understand your message but am wondering why you choose not to create work against violence on a broader scale.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Because, as a professional social worker, over a 25 year span of time, I have never encountered a case of woman-on-man domestic partner violence. Or woman on woman. Every single case I have encountered over a quarter of a century has been one of a man beating the snot out of a woman.

I am sure there are black swans out there. But, I have never seen one.

Capice?
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Able001 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I've seen a few women beating their husband cases, the worst being my neighbour, but I fully support your poster. If I can think of any places I can post it following your rules I'll link it here :)
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Please do.  Thanks.
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thereasonilive Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I understand. Did I seem to take a rude tone? I apologise if that's how my comment read.
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richnfamous Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well said!
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't teach your daughter not to go out, teach your son to behave.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yep. Not nearly enough boys reach adolescence having seen what a healthy, caring adult relationship between a man and a woman looks like. If they don't learn that at home, where are they supposed to learn it?
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional
Excellent piece!
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Wiccannewby Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
:frustrated: I agree 100% thanks.
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
This is just a quick message to let you know that your art as been included in my feature here [link]
Hope you don't mind
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much!
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
You're Welcome :glomp:
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JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has Been Featured :) [link]
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!!!!
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dracoboy94 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the message but i feel its gender-stereotyping women can help themselves and other women as well it really isnt like the 1950's (women have ways of protecting themselves) also, though women are usually the victims of abusive relationships there seems to be no help for men who are victimized by their partners (whether that be male or female) id love it if you made a poster for that...
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Don't let me stop you from doing so.
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dracoboy94 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nah im a poet i cant make stuff like this (i got no talent)
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