Sylvianne Spitzer is a psychologist and criminologist. Her area of expertise is violent behaviour, especially on violence by women. She founded her association SOS Hommes Battus (SOS Battered Men) in 2008 because it was not possible to find help for battered men in France. In 2012, her association remains the only French organisation available to support battered men. SOS Hommes Battus provides psychological help and legal support to battered men. Being a psychologist, Sylvianne Spitzer provides therapeutic consultations and support by phone, email, and also via face to face sessions to male victims of violence, often domestic violence.
Sylvianne Spitzer is a feminist. She firmly believes that people are not born to be victims. She believes that the use of violence is shared between women and men in their domestic relationships.
Sylvianne Spitzer’s aim in setting up SOS Hommes Battus was two-fold. Firstly, in her experience women can be as violent as men, especially in their domestic relationships. Secondly, women are not "born to be a victim", they are able to react to life situations, and be physical and violent. In other words, men are not the stronger ‘sex’, they are not born to be naturally violent; they too can suffer and become the victim. She created the web site http://soshommesbattus.over-blog.com, and she wrote the Battered Men’s Guide. In 2012 she organized the second consecutive year the colloquium for battered men and violent women couples.
Sylvianne Spitzer develops social intervention techniques, and educates the police on issues about battered men. She is also in the process of collating official statistics on this subject in France.
In 2012, official statistics of domestic violence by female partner were published and SOS Hommes Battus published its statistics too. In 2001-2005, she provided her expertise on criminal profiling for the National Center for Research. Since 2010, she has been a lecturer at the University of Toulouse Capitole 2 in DU Criminology, running a course on serial killers. Sylvianne Spitzer has also published a considerable amount of literature in this field.