Following is an excerpt from a post on domestic violence on the blog "Muslim Spice" which describes itself as a counter to the "assimilationist take on Islam" found in the West.
"The Prophet (S) then stated in a khutbah that 50 women had come to him the next day complaining of being beaten and that the Prophet (S) stated to the gathered companions that these men were not the best of them and that he discouraged them from being physical with their wives. We say, notice this extremely important word “discouraged”. Not “forbade”, not “sinful”, not any of the words Muslim feminists use.
Chaplain Qadhi must be extremely careful here in his clarification because he may unleash social unrest amongst Muslims if he encourages rebellion of wives."