To what extent do men support violence against women? The aftermath of the kitty genovese’s murder


Chima Agazue*

It is common knowledge that men are much more violent and murderous than women. When one hears of cases of murders and criminal violence around the world, women hardly come to mind as perpetrators but men. Men kill both familiar and unfamiliar persons in different settings unlike women that most often kill known persons and mostly in domestic settings. Violent men target both their fellow men and women too. Just like violence in general, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is more often perpetrated by men against women. GBV is defined as “a form of violence targeting a person based on the gender of an individual”. Both men and women are affected by GBV and homicide resulting from it in some cases. Women’s position as the predominant victims of GBV may partly explain why GBV is commonly referred to as “violence against women” in many academic and organizational literature.

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