Word meant to describe a crime where women beat men and men often do not report it. Supposedly , the most unreported crime there is. This was famous term used around the time of Lorena Bobbitt's adventure.

  • Um there is a word I really do not remember the term and I have looked everywhere to find it. Jun 1, 2014 at 16:49
  • So how do you know there is such a word? Somebody told you? Jun 1, 2014 at 16:51
  • Yep heard this word from two completely different sources back in the 90's but cannot remember or find this word. Jun 1, 2014 at 16:54
  • Although it is true that men often do not report domestic abuse, I have my doubts about it being the most unreported crime. The word for which you are looking may be misandry, which, although it has nothing to do with criminal justice, is the counterpart to misogyny.
    – Anonym
    Jun 1, 2014 at 17:06
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    You must mean this one.
    – tchrist
    Jun 1, 2014 at 17:22

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Women can be violent, and they can be aggressive towards their own sex, and to their own flesh and blood, which includes their children (of all ages); parents; and siblings.

When the victim is the spouse, partner, or boyfriend then the crime is the same as that of man using violence against his wife, partner or girlfriend; domestic abuse; domestic violence; or intimate partner violence (IPV) which also refers to gay and lesbian couples. The victim, if male, may be referred to as a battered man.

"Domestic violence is not about size, gender, or strength," says Jan Brown, executive director and founder of the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men. "It's about abuse, control, and power, and getting out of dangerous situations and getting help, whether you are a woman being abused, or a man."

Wikipedia states

Both women and men have been killed as the result of domestic violence, but the rate is generally lower for men. For instance, in the United Kingdom, 37 percent of murdered women were killed by the intimate partner and for men, 6 percent were killed by an intimate partner. From 40 to 70 percent of the women murdered in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel and the United States were killed by an intimate partner. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that globally, about 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner

Domestic violence against men source

refers to abuse against men or boys in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating, or within a family. As with violence against women, the practice is often regarded as a crime but pressures against reporting complicate issues. Laws vary greatly from place to place.

  • Thank you for your attempt. I think I am looking for misandry, but this is would touch the "legal" allusion I instilled in my question. Thank you. Jun 1, 2014 at 17:32
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    @user1198289 - misandry only implies dislike for women, and says nothing about beating them. Plus, of course, it says nothing about the sex of the person who show misandric, just as men can be misanthropic. Jun 1, 2014 at 17:48
  • Nonono, @WhatRoughBeast. Misandry is the hatred and dislike of men. Misogyny is the hatred and dislike of women. And the adjective forms are misandristic and misogynistic.
    – Lou
    Jun 1, 2014 at 17:58
  • Ack! You're right, of course. Cursed dyslexic fingers. But you got what I meant. Jun 2, 2014 at 0:57
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    Yes, this. A woman could be a domestic abuser without being a misandrist, or she could be a misandrist without being violent against anyone. If you're looking for a word for the crime, it's domestic violence or IPV. (IPV includes non-cohabitating couples; domestic violence includes non-couple members of a household.) Jul 27, 2015 at 17:57

Legally speaking, a case of physical violence from one person against another -- whatever the gender -- is considered battery.

A battery is a hostile unwanted touching. Angrily yanking a person's shirt is a battery the same as a slap or punch. Throwing something at a person and missing, or making threatening movements, is an assault. A slap in the face is battery. Add a small scratch or bruise, a bloody nose, and the offense is more serious and might constitute in some jurisdictions an aggravated battery.

And so, the term unreported battery might fit what you're looking for.

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