"It was an accident"
"I didn't mean to hit her."
"She injured herself and smashed her head on a cabinet, because she jumped back. But I wasn't going to hit her."
"Look, I have a scratch on my arm from her."
I have seen a lot of abusive men create a victim complex for themselves. You would be surprised the excuses and explanations they come up with, but I have seen it enough to realize that many of them actually think they are victims in some way.