Is society more lenient an accepting of this type of abuse when it comes from a female! The most recent large-scale study of DV was conducted by Center for Disease Control Prevention researchers and publiched in the American Journal of Public Health. The study, which surveyed 11,000 men and women, found that according to both men's and women's accounts, 50 percent of the violence in their relationships was reciprocal( involving both parties). (In those cases, the women were more likely to have been the first to strike) Moreover, when violence was one-sided, both women and men said that women were the perpetrators about 70 percent of the time. DV researcher Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D., a social scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center, told the conference that the most dangerous DV scenario for women is that of reciprocal violence, particularly if that violence is initiated by women. The best way for many women to be safe is to not initiate violence against their male partners. So let me reinterate Is society more lenient to women when they initiate a DV situation. Even on television when a woman hits a man its considered comedy but if a man hits a woman its considered a tradgedy! IMO shouldn't it be equal which means violence is violence no matter what gender someone is?