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The impact of gendered stereotypes on perceptions of violence: A commentary

Bates, Elizabeth A.; Klement, Kathryn R.; Kaye, Linda K.; Pennington, Charlotte R.


Elizabeth A. Bates

Kathryn R. Klement

Linda K. Kaye

Charlotte R. Pennington


The present commentary explores the impact of gender role stereotypes on perceptions of both intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence. Two papers published in this issue of Sex Roles explored the influence of gender stereotypes on both IPV (Bates et al., 2019) and rape myths (Klement et al., 2019). An overarching theme of these papers is how gender stereotypes may influence incorrect beliefs in how we view and approach interventions to these two types of violence. Reflecting on this convergence, we have come together as authors to consider how influential and damaging these stereotypes can be to victims of both partner violence and sexual violence. Our paper considers the nature of these stereotypes, who is harmed by them considering both gender and sexuality, and also the impact they have in societal and service responses to violence, as well as policy and practice development.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 13, 2019
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2020
Journal Sex Roles
Print ISSN 0360-0025
Electronic ISSN 1573-2762
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Issue 1-2
Pages 34-43
Keywords gendered stereotypes, domestic violence, sexual violence, victims
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Contract Date Feb 26, 2019


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