Know the signs of an abuser
Recently, I spoke to a school group about the warning signs of batterers. During my presentation, a young man spoke up, “Why does everything on your handout say he?”
At this presentation, just like all my other presentations, I’d begun by explaining that all of us at DART recognize that women sometimes batter, too; however, because the vast majority of perpetrators of interpersonal violence are male, it’s just easier to say he. Studies of this issue vary, but most experts who study family violence say that anywhere from 85 to 95 percent of perpetrators are male.