The Opinion Page of today’s NY Times has an excellent article by Pamela Shifman and Salameshah Tillet. Including specific examples and statistics they point out that “men who are eventually arrested for violent acts often began with attacks against their girl friend and wives.”
Among the studies they cite is one done in Washington State that “suggests a felony domestic violence conviction is the single greatest predictor of future violent crime among men.”
Boys who grow up in homes with abuse and violence are 4 times more likely to become domestic violent abusers.
They recommend intervening early which not only makes it safer for women and children but also can prevent later crimes outside of the house.
Included is reference to a study by Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon published in 2012 in a Political Science Journal. They looked at 70 countries over 4 decades and found that the most effective way to reduce violence against women was “the mobilization of strong, independent feminist movements.”