The presence of domestic violence tells us about the presence of inequality in the relationship; the extent of the violence tells us about the extent of the inequality. All cultures have gender inequality, the degree of inequality differs, the space to push against the boundaries differs, and the rigidity with which these structures are maintained differs. Inequality isn’t necessarily abusive, only when it’s used to cause harm and suffering, to assert power and control in repeatedly violent ways.

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