Stacy Bannerman’s Domestic Violence Hoax
Stacy Bannerman, well-known advocate for military families, recently published an article titled, “Husbands Who Bring the War Home:” http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-09-25/ptsd-and-domestic-abuse-husbands-who-bring-the-war-home/ Author of When the War Came Home, Bannerman has been credited for helping to secure passage of the Military Family Leave Act in 2009.
As weary American troops return from their Iraqi deployment, the Bannerman column is important and timely. And the harrowing account of Kristi, victim of an attempted strangulation by a husband who had just returned from a 10-month deployment, was riveting.
But was it true?
As a columnist who specializes in the field of domestic violence and has spoken with countless victims of abuse, I found myself feeling increasingly unsettled as I worked my way through her engaging yet enigmatic essay.
The question of the veracity of her claims is paramount because the partner abuse field is strewn with battlefield debris of half-truths, misrepresentations, and utter fabrications. University of New Hampshire researcher Murray Straus has written of domestic violence researchers who “have let their ideological commitments overrule their scientific commitments.” And U. Penn School of Social Work dean Richard Gelles has coined the whimsical phrase about the ubiquitous partner abuse “factoids from nowhere.”
So I sent Ms. Bannerman an email requesting…