The Dichotomy of Domestic Violence: Evaluating the Efficacy of Protection Orders for Women Experiencing Common Couple Violence Verus Patriarchal Terrorism

Amanda K. Burgess-Proctor, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study is to gauge the efficacy of protection orders for victims of domestic violence. The theoretical basis for this analysis lies in Johnson's theory that there exist two distinct forms of interpersonal violence "common couple violence"; which consists of low-grade, mild violence that is equally perpetrated by both men and women, and "patriarchal terrorism", which involves severe mental and physical abuse that is primarily used by men to control their female partners. Based on Johnson's dichotomous theory, it is hypothesized that orders of protection will be less effective for women who experience patriarchal terrorism than for women who experience common couple violence.

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