​“Maybe she was provoked”: Exploring stereotypes about male and female perpetrators of intimate partner violence

AuthorScarduzio, Jennifer A., Kellie E. Carlyle, Kate Lockwood Harris, and Matthew W. Savage
Title "Maybe she was provoked": Exploring stereotypes about male and female perpetrators of intimate partner violence
Source Violence Against Women, published online before print March 2016, pp 1-25
Date 2016
Document type Journal article
SummaryThis study explores the attitudes and stereotypes that participants access and use to make sense of intimate partner violence (IPV) news stories. The study was designed to answer the researchers' questions regarding differences in perceptions of male and female perpetrators, types of gender stereotypes present, and how these stereotypes reflect or diverge from dominant U.S. gender norms. Participants were recruited from a U.S. university and were surveyed after reading a composite news article describing a police response to a fictitious   IPV incident. The findings showed that perceptions of male and female perpetrators are complex particularly in regard to gender stereotypes. An important finding was that the perceptions of male perpetrators largely fit into the definition of intimate terrorism whereas the perceptions of female perpetrators fit into the definition of violent resistance. Female perpetrators were understood to commit violence in self-defence, as a response to coercive control. Implications from the study for journalists and service providers are also discussed in this article.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; gender symmetry; coercive control; stereotypes; situational couple violence; intimate terrorism; power and control.
Topic Male victims; Domestic violence