Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Misusing Data on Violence Against Women

The Washington Post Misused the Data on Violence Against Women.  

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published an op-ed about sexual assault claiming:

The bottom line is this: Married women are notably safer than their unmarried peers, and girls raised in a home with their married father are markedly less likely to be abused or assaulted than children living without their own father....

[T]he way the authors presented the data to support their claims was ... flawed, according to the author of the underlying study...

The graph which they used from my report does show clear differences between intimate violence rates — but that is because it is only showing one variable; household composition. The story could change if we started to control for other factors.

Here's another article objecting not to the study's use of data, but its conclusion. Marriage Will Not Save Women from Male Violence

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