There is a narrative that pervades modern American society. It says that men are perpetrators of violence and that woman are victims of violence. This is almost a sacred belief. People who dare question it are attacked (as several of us on Able2Know know too well).
Any rational, scientific person has to make a choice. You either accept the prevailing narrative without questioning it, or you ask the questions honestly and choose to accept what the facts say.
Who says there is any such prevailing narrative? This is another set-up on your part.
Closer to the truth is the well documented fact that women are more likely than their male partners to be subjected to physical battering, severe injury, and a consequently life-threatening domestic situation--and more likely than their ex-partners to be subjected to life-threatening violence if they try to leave the relationship.
That does not mean that men are exclusively the perpetrators of domestic violence and women exclusively the victims. But it does mean that in terms of physical battering, women are more often the victims, and the consequences to them, in terms of serious injuries, and severe intimidations and threats, are more extreme.
You are trying to promote the men's rights narrative of claiming that domestic violence is a gender-equal phenomenon. You've ignored considerable evidence to the contrary that has been posted in this thread--and that suggests you are not "a rational scientific person...who chooses "to accept what the facts say." Rather, you seem to be someone who is trying to sell his own politically motivated ideology, and who rejects evidence that does not comport with the narrative he is trying to sell.
Men in fathers' rights groups and men's rights groups have been claiming very loudly for a while now that domestic violence is a gender-equal or gender-neutral phenomenon - that men and women assault each other at equal rates and with equal effects. They claim that an epidemic of husband-battering is being ignored if not silenced...
To make the fifty/fifty claim about husband battering, men's rights and fathers' rights advocates must also ignore or dismiss a mountain of conflicting evidence, from crime victimisation surveys of the population, numerous studies using methodologies other than the Conflict Tactics Scale, calls made to domestic violence centres and services, hospital statistics on how people were injured, and applications for intervention orders.
This massive body of evidence continues to show that men are more often the perpetrators of domestic violence than are women, that women are more often the victims of domestic violence than are men, and that when boys and men are the victims of violence this is usually violence by other boys and men...
Some victims of domestic violence certainly are men. Some of these male victims have been subject to violence by other men - by brothers, fathers and step-fathers, male friends and acquaintances, and gay male partners. And some have been assaulted by women.
Male victims of domestic violence deserve the same recognition, sympathy, support and services as do female victims. And they do not need to be 50 percent of the victims to deserve these [Orman, 1998].
There are also some important differences between men's and women's experiences of domestic violence. When men are subject to domestic violence by women, the violence is not as prolonged and nor is it as extreme, they are far less likely to be injured, they are less likely to fear for their own safety, they are less likely to be subject to violence by their ex-partners, and they are likely to have more financial and social independence...
Just as there are various forms, and degrees, of criminal sexual assault, most of which do not equate with violent brutal rapes, there are varying types of domestic partner abuse that do not equate with severe physical battery. In some forms of partner abuse there may be gender-equality among those who exhibit such abusive behaviors, but not all forms of partner abuse even rise to the level of criminal actions
, or would necessarily require outside intervention--as would be the case with battery. I can't find any reliable evidence to support any notion that male partners are being physically battered by female partners, at a rate equivalent to that of female partners being battered by male partners, and consequently, a "rational scientific person", as you claim to be, should conclude that the risk factors for physical battery would be very different for those two groups.
Why you feel that a survey done by criminologists, such as the one your OP alludes to, would have any sort of politically motivated ideological agenda is unsupported by any convincing evidence or links on your part. You've made this sort of general unsupported accusation against university and government researchers in other threads, suggesting that their studies are rigged to get desired results to fit in with a politically motivated ideology. It seems you have no compunctions about accusing an extremely large and diverse group of researchers of highly unethical behaviors, such as rigging study outcomes, and negatively stereotyping them in that way, with nothing to back up what you are alleging. If you don't like inaccurate and "unfair" stereotyping of groups, don't engage in it yourself.
I would like to see all people in healthier relationships, free of any abuse by the partners of each other. I would like to see all criminal/physical battery by one partner of the other stopped, with all necessary supports and resources and assistance provided to the victims of such physical violence--regardless of the gender of that victim. We've made good strides in combatting such violence toward women, and we need to be sure we reach and help men living in physically violent domestic situations as well--even if those don't comprise 50% of the total number of cases.