Is Conventional Wisdom About Abusers True? R&B singer Chris Brown was charged with two felonies following an argument with his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. He will be arraigned in April. The conventional wisdom is that "domestic abusers never change," and that abusers are generally men, but is that true?
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Is Conventional Wisdom About Abusers True?

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Is Conventional Wisdom About Abusers True?

Is Conventional Wisdom About Abusers True?

Is Conventional Wisdom About Abusers True?

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R&B singer Chris Brown was charged with two felonies following an argument with his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. He will be arraigned in April.

The conventional wisdom is that "domestic abusers never change," and that abusers are generally men. But are those assumptions true?

Guests:

Megan Twohey, reporter for the Chicago Tribune

Chris Murphy, psychology professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; director of the New Behaviors Program at the Domestic Violence Center in Howard County, MD