Male violence against women is all too commonplace. Just recently, the CDC reported such in its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey of more than 12,000 people. In it, the CDC found:
43.9 percent of women have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.
19 percent of women reported having been raped in their lifetime.
And in many of those instances, the perpetrators were intimately involved with the women. Today, a report out of the University of Michigan finds even more evidence for the all-too-common occurrence of abuse: One in five men in a nationally representative sample report being perpetrators of intimate-partner violence. That is, one in five men are willing to admit on a survey they have acted abusively toward a partner.
But the Michigan study, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, goes further than just reporting the top numbers. The authors of the report dissect male domestic violence as if it were a disease. In this view, surprising comparisons arise: Male violence against partners is more common than diabetes.
So if domestic violence is a disease, can doctors identify it in the patient? The Michigan study sought to correlate domestic violence with other health outcomes. Compared to the males who didn't commit such acts, those who reported violence against a partner were more likely to report symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.