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Women can be the aggressor in domestic violence cases

While it's often assumed that men are the ones who cause most domestic violence cases, the truth is that women can be the aggressors. That fact shouldn't be overlooked because of a gender bias.

Females make up 98 percent of all sex trafficking victims, and as of 2011, it was estimated that around 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults in the military involved primarily women. Women certainly do face violence in their personal lives, at work and socially, but that doesn't mean they can't be held accountable if they are the ones causing it.

Statistically, women are three times more likely to be killed or injured by their male partners, but that doesn't indicate that women are never to blame. Approximately 830,000 men suffer as victims of domestic violence every year. That's once every 37.8 seconds in the United States.

Domestic abuse isn't just about strength or your gender. Control and power are the true signs. You don't necessarily have to be violent to be involved in domestic abuse situations; controlling someone's finances, being psychologically abusive or controlling a person's access to friends or family are all kinds of domestic abuse.

The Department of Psychology at California State University Long Beach reported that after looking at 286 investigations, 221 studies and 65 reviews or analyses, they found that women were actually as physically aggressive or more so than men in their relationships.

Everyone's situation is different, which is why it's important for the police to understand who started your incident. Your attorney can help defend your rights if you've been accused of being the aggressor when you were truly the victim.

Source: MintPress News, "Woman As Aggressor: The Unspoken Truth Of Domestic Violence," Edward Rhymes, accessed Jan. 11, 2017

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