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Nearly one quarter of women in the US more than 12 million will be abused by a current or former partner some time during their livesTigress 1 The same researcher also estimated that about 52 of female murder victims were killed by a current or former partner Why are so many men abusive Is it alcohol and drugs or are there other underlying reasons What causes a man so much rage that they feel necessary to beat the women in their lives Men who abuse cannot be categorized as its own because there is not one type of abuser Instead there are two main groups they include cobra attackers and pit bull attackers Both of which have serious problems that root back to their childhood Tigress 1 The most common kind of abusive man is considered to be a pit bull They metabolize anger in a kind of slow bomb it gradually increases but never lets upthey grow more and more aggressive until they finally attack Jacobson 3 They feel superior to women while at the same time feeling dependent upon them Afraid of abandonment established by either threats of or actual abandonment prior to the relationship they use there aggression to maintain control in the relationship Such behavior in the batterers mind is an essential source of comfort The second less common yet more severe type of abuser is the cobra Unlike the pit bulls whose hearts race faster and faster as controversy escalates the cobras calm themselves internally and focus their attention while striking swiftly at their wives with vicious verbal aggression Jacobson 4 90 percent falling into this category are diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder a psychological condition in which the affected person appears indifferent to social norms or to the feelings of others People with this kind of diagnosis have a history of childhood behaviors including episodes of lying stealing fire- setting and cruelty to animals They are also known to
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