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Domestic violence among male and female patients seeking emergency medical services

Author(s) Phelan, Mary Beth, L. Kevin Hamberger, Clare E. Guse, Shauna Edwards, Suzanne Walczak and Amy Zosel
Title Domestic violence among male and female patients seeking emergency medical services
Source Violence and Victims, April 2005, Vol 20, No. 2, pp 187-206
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study explores gender differences in the expression and experience of intimate partner violence in a sample of patients seeking emergency treatment for traumatic injury. 90 men and 39 women participated in the study. All of the female participants and 39% of the male participants reported being injured in a domestic assault at some point in their life. As a group men and women experience intimate partner violence differently. A trend was observed in the results of the study suggesting that men initiate violence at higher rates than women. The authors concluded that it was likely that much of the violence experienced by men in a domestic dispute was the result of their partner's attempt at self-defence or retaliation. It was found in the study that women reported higher rates of both lifetime and past year injury than men. Women as a group report more fearfulness and intimidation, and experience more dominating and controlling behaviours from their partners, than was reported by men. One recommendation of the study is training health care practitioners to screen and assess men and women for victimisation.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; victimisation; injury; gender differences; perpetrator

Domestic violence