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NOW News Bay Area Chapter, August 1982 - Page 3. August 1982. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 4, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4054/show/4046.

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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, August 1982
Publisher National Organization for Women, Bay Area Chapter
Date August 1982
Description Vol. 10 No. 8
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Transcript Page 18, Section 1 *** Houston Chronicle *** Thursday, July 15,1982 Battering of women is termed top crime problem in state, U.S. BY BOB TUTT Chief, Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — The battering of women during domestic violence should be viewed as the No. 1 crime problem in Texas and the United States, say two sociologists. In a report submitted here Wednesday to a legislative committee studying violence in the family, Drs. William Stacey and Anson Snupe, stated: "If woman-battering — affecting anywhere from one out of five to one out of two women — was defined as a medical disease, then our nation's public health officials would not hesitate to claim we are currently experiencing a veritable epidemic." Such domestic violence is "the single most frequently countered (and likely to be encountered) crime by Americans," said Stacey and Shupe, sociology profes- -sors at the University of Texas at Arlington. Because so many cases appear to go unreported, they said, "there is strong evidence that points to wife-beat- ing America's No. 1 unreported crime." Their study "indicates that 208,000 women (in Texas) have been abused within the past 18 months and that 97,500 women have experienced serious physical abuse. This report estimates that 87,000 adults in Texas are abused by a spouse on a weekly basis." They based their conclusions on a number of national in and Texas studies end surveys and their findings in a study .of 542 women entering shelters in Dallas and Denton for physically abused women. They also investi- gated more than 2,000 calls to hotlines in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They said they believe their findings are applicable to all of Texas. Their report sketches this profile of the battered women: Their average age is 25. Almost three-fourths are .married with children. Almost 65 percent are white. A slight .majority has a high school education and may have' some done some college work. Few are college graduates. Most fall in the lower-middle and lower socio-economic classes, but only 10 percent are receiv- ing some sort of welfare. More than half are full-time homemakers. "Most follow traditional child-rearing, homemaking domestic roles in their marriages," the report said. "This is a significant fact in light of some criticisms, particularly from those of a conservative religious per- suasion, that have related problems of divorce and domestic violence to women's failure' to devote them- selves exclusively to the traditional domestic role.'' A quarter of the women reported sexual abuse and more than 40 percent said they were battered while they were pregnant. More than 20 percent suffered broken bones. "Marital issues such as sex demands, pregnancy and otfier family matters become involved" in domestic violence, the report said, but in almost 60 percent of the cases the cause was "something the woman has little controlover: job pressures." Economic bad times are likely to aggravate this prob- lem, the report said. While many of the men doing the assaulting "may 'feel sorry,' experience guilt or try to 'patch up* the relationship after a beating incidence, roughly half (49 dripbisoent) felt the battering was justified, the report said. It said "the batterer typically has a high school education, is employed in a skilled job, Is about 30 years of age, is married, and earns approximately $15,000 annually" and in many ways "closely approximates the typical American male" The study indicates that the batterer is likely to have a background "in which family violence was present" and in almost 40 percent of cases was physically abused as a child. The batterers also tend to be violent toward animals, children and objects and over 40 percent of them have arrest records, it said. Stacey and Shupe made these recommendations: • Training should be provided for battered women who wish to overcome their economic dependence and establish an independent life. • Shelters for the abused must also provide services for children because so many of them accompany their mothers to the refuges. • Some type of therapy or counseling should be attempted in less severe cases, but the criminal courts should handle more serious cases. • Police officers, who are called on to handle many,, often dangerous domestic disputes, should get special training to deal with such situations. . The sociologists gave their report to the state Senate Committee on Human Resources, chaired by Sen. Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena. The community will recommend measures for consideration of the Legislature next year to help combat abuse of women, children and the elderly. Spyder's Thoughts We are grateful to all the diligent NOW members who ha'/e agreed to be telephone captains for our new phone tree system. This system is working fantastically! Note the increased atteridence at our meetings. The following great women are leading the phone groups: Fran Studdard, Judi Hoffman, Elizabeth Polifka, Caroline Pere»f Wendy PwUdniki, Mary McFadin, Susan Lab, Reeky Monroe, Bobby Faulkner, Marie Stimson, Sandra Hamilton, Bonnie Huval, Elizabeth Glenn, Mary Skinner, Bonnie Dombroski, & Kathy Beard. HOUSTON AREA WOMEN'S CENTER WILL HOST AN EVENT TO MARK WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE DAY ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 AT SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. ORGANIZATIONS ARE ASKED TO BE SPONSORS AT $15 TO DEFRAY COSTS OF INVITATIONS, WINE AND CHEESE. FILM WILL BE SHOWN, PROBABLY "SHE'S NOBODY'S BABY" PRODUCED BY MS. FOUNDATION. ADMISSION TO EVENT IS FREE. CONTACT HELENE BERNSTEIN TO SPONSOR 528-6798. PLEASE RESPOND SOON IF YOU WISH TO BE LISTED AS SPONSOR ON THE INVITATIONS.