MYTH

Wife assault is a new social problem

FACT

Wife assault is NOT new. In Canada, it wasn’t until 1968, when the Federal Divorce Act was passed, that physical and mental cruelty became grounds for divorce.

MYTH

Wife assault is not a widespread problem.

FACT

In a recent study, 1 in 5 Canadian men living with a woman admitted to using violence against her.

MYTH

Alcohol causes men to assault their partners.

FACT

Alcohol can make it easier for a man to be violent. However, the real cause of wife assault is the batterer’s desire for power and control over his partner. Batterer’s often use alcohol as an excuse to avoid taking responsibility for their violent behaviour.

MYTH

Men are abused by their partners as often as women are.

FACT

More than 92% of charges related to spousal assault in Ontario are laid against men. Most charges laid against women are counter-charges laid by assaultive partners or stem from acts of self-defense.

MYTH

Women often provoke assaults and deserve what they get.

FACT

No woman ever deserves to be beaten. Assaulted woman report a wide range of incidents that trigger violence. For example: “I fried his eggs the wrong way,” “I didn’t turn down the radio enough,” or “I went out with my friends without asking his permission.” Abusive men often claim their partner provoked an assault to avoid responsibility for power and control over his partner.