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Call the CDC Today, Tell Them to Stop Goofball Research

How many times have you heard of researchers who jimmy the data in order to slant their findings of partner violence? Well, this time we caught them red-handed. And this time, we're not to let them get away with their underhanded tactics!

Here's the scoop ...

The federal Centers for Disease Control does a survey called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. This past Friday the CDC reported on its latest survey on intimate partner violence. This is what they reported:

  • Percentage male victims: 11.5%
  • Percentage female victims: 23.6%

Every legitimate survey of partner violence has found that women are at least as likely as men to engage in partner violence. So how did the CDC come up these results?


The widely-used Conflict Tactics Scale focuses on actual acts of violence. But the CDC researchers decided on their own to expand the questions to include any "attempts" or "threats" of violence, plus that catch-all question, "any unwanted sex," which means a lot of different things to different people.

Today, RADAR is sending a complaint letter to CDC director Julie Gerberding. We are also issuing a press release to publicize the CDC's biased survey.

And the CDC needs to hear from you - TODAY!

Email Dr. Gerberding at and politely tell her that last week's CDC report of intimate partner violence uses invalid questions that grossly inflate and distort the true incidence of partner violence.

Urge her to immediately stop use of the flawed questions and to convene a panel of qualified university-based researchers.

Also feel free to call her office directly at 1-404-639-7000.

We've had enough of advocacy researchers who put out flawed data to prop up a corrupt DV industry.


The RADAR letter to CDC can seen here: http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARletter-CDC-BRFSS-Distorts-Data.pdf

The CDC study can be read here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5705a1.htm

Date of RADAR Release: February 11, 2008

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R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org