That does explain it.
BTW, are you Australian? I ask, because our public broadcaster (The ABC) has actually taken on this cause (domestic violence within religion), with a series of highly funded, highly publicised reports. So, the topic is very much up-to-date.
The ABC has also very much emphasised your point, that within Christianity abuse of women is often justified by traditional “headship” theology. That, however, doesn’t disprove the theology.
However, the ABC got caught out big-time when they went from individual stories to statistics. They misread the statistics, and said that dv is more prevalent within Christianity than elsewhere. In fact, the statistics showed exactly the opposite.
Yes, abuse of women exists within Catholicism. Sin exists. People misapply scriptures for their own purposes. Wives abuse husbands. Mothers neglect children. Priests don’t do their job. People undermine their priests, … That’s life.