35th anniversary issue of Sex Roles
Female perpetrators are assigned less accountability and perhaps greater justification for their violence than male perpetrators. However, a higher societal tolerance to women violence in comparison to male violence may be problematic because of the potential negative consequences on women, such as female use of violence increases the probability of their own victimization. Males and females view domestic violence differently, but research shows this may have more to do with previous exposure to violence than gender, as childhood abuse is more predictive of blame attributions for intimate partner violence than gender alone.
Rhatigan, D., Stewart, C., Moore, T. (2011). Effects of Gender and Confrontation on Attributions of Female-Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence. Sex Roles, 64, 875-877.