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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012

First Mondays Examines Gender and Intimate Partner Violence

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  • IPFW First Mondays series, October 1, noon to 1:15 p.m., Science Building, Room 168
  • Jody Ross presents “Rethinking Gender and Intimate Partner Violence”
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The College of Arts and Sciences’ (COAS’) First Mondays series begins the 2012–13 academic season with a presentation by Assistant Professor of Psychology Jody Ross, Monday, October 1, at noon in Science Building, Room 168. Ross’s lecture is titled “Rethinking Gender and Intimate Partner Violence.”

Ross says intimate partner violence (IPV) is often associated with wife abuse and considered a crime against women. “Many consider IPV to be the result of the patriarchal traditions of our society and the resulting inequalities between men and women. Based on this view, partner violence is assumed to be motivated by a desire to maintain power and control over one’s partner. However, research in the last 40 years suggests that the reality of partner violence is more complex and that such generalizations may not always be valid.” Ross’s presentation examines “…research on batterer typologies, emerging statistics on the prevalence of various forms of partner violence experienced by men and women, and data on motives that contradict some of the assumptions on which current batterer interventions are based.”

First Mondays is a student-focused series sponsored by COAS. Presentations feature COAS faculty discussing interesting aspects of their research in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussions allow IPFW students to delve into and learn about research areas often not covered in the classroom. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information on the series, go to the First Monday website or contact Carl Drummond, dean of COAS, at 260-481-6160 or; for information on the lecture, contact Ross at 260-481-6396 or