Frequency and correlates of intimate partner violence by type: physical, sexual and psychological battering

 

Author(s) Coker, Ann L., Paige Hall Smith, Robert E. McKeown and Melissa J. King
Title Frequency and correlates of intimate partner violence by type: physical, sexual and psychological battering
Source American Journal of Public Health, April 2000, Vol. 90, No. 4, pp 553-559
Date 2000
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary Participants in this cross-sectional study were recruited from women seeking medical care in family practice clinics in Columbia, SC. It was found that just over half of the participants had experienced some type of intimate partner violence. More than one third of the violence in a current or most recent relationship was classified as nonphysical psychological battering. Sexual violence was experienced by 7.7% of the women currently involved in a relationship and 17.7% in their most recent relationship. The finding that more violence is reported for past than current relationships strongly suggests that women who experience violence frequently leave their violent partners. Another significant finding, supporting previous research, was that the male partner's drug or alcohol use was the strongest correlate of current violence independent of type. Suggestions for appropriate interventions and further research are included in the article.
Keywords Domestic violence; intimate partner violence; IPV; battering; interventions
Topic Domestic violence