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NCJ Number: 212029 Find in a Library
Title: Unidirectional and Bidirectional Intimate Partner Violence Among White, Black, and Hispanic Couples in the United States
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:August 2005  Pages:393-406
Author(s): Raul Caetano Ph.D.; Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler Ph.D.; Craig A. Field Ph.D.
Date Published: August 2005
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the rates and risk factors of unidirectional and bidirectional intimate partner violence (IPV) among White, African-American, and Hispanic couples in the United States.
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health concern and problem in the United States. Evidence from previous research indicates that rates of IPV are higher among African-Americans and Hispanics than Whites. This article examined the extent to which White, African-American, and Hispanic couples in the national household sample engage in unidirectional violence, where only one partner perpetrates the violence (i.e., either male-to-female partner violence (MFPV) or female-to-male partner violence (FMPV) alone) or bidirectional violence, in which both partners perpetrate violence (i.e., MFPV and FMPV together. The number of couples participating in the study consisted of 1,635 couples representative of married and cohabiting couples in the 48 contiguous United States with over samples of African-America and Hispanic couples. The results indicate that most couples reporting violence engage in bidirectional IPV. African-Americans were more likely than Whites to report bidirectional IPV. Also, severe unidirectional and bidirectional IPV were more common among African-Americans and Hispanics. The findings highlight the importance of distinguishing different types of IPV and have important epidemiological and prevention implications. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Battered husbands; Battered wives; Comparative analysis; Male female victim comparisons; Victimization; Victimology
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