Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Mann, Ruth,


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.




The purpose of this project is to explore gender constructions of domestic violence in Ontario newsprint media in the decade of the 1990s, and to examine the extent to which the victimization of male partners by female partners is under-represented during this time period, rendering male victims "invisible". Based on content analysis of articles from the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun, this thesis argues that social constructions of gender shape portrayals of domestic violence victimization in the print media. The thesis finds no support in the data, however, for the hypothesis that the print media under-represents male domestic violence victims, since rates of reported male and female victimization correspond roughly with the gender distribution of domestic violence victimization in police reports, as captured in Department of Justice statistics. On the other hand, there is support for the hypothesis that constructions of domestic violence are "gendered", though support for this hypothesis is mixed and contradictory. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-03, page: 0840. Adviser: Ruth Mann. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.