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NCJ Number: 221812 Find in a Library
Title: Interactional Perspective of Intimate Partner Violence: An In-Depth Semi-Structured Interview of a Representative Sample of Help-Seeking Women
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:May 2008  Pages:265-279
Author(s): Solveig Karin Bo Vatnar; Stal Bjorkly
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents results from a study of women about their experiences with three aspects of intimate partner violence (IPV); responses and conduct before, during and after the IPV, impact of alcohol and drug intoxication, and revictimization.
Abstract: The main findings are summarized as: (1) the nature and characteristics of the intimate partner violence (IPV) interactions were complex and heterogeneous; (2) more than half of the women reported that they were able to predict IPV, and there were no differences between IPV main categories in this respect; (3) less than 50 percent perceived that they were able to prevent the IPV incident; (4) the association between alcohol and IPV seemed to vary across the three IPV categories; (5) only 23 percent of the women had experienced IPV by previous partners; and (6) women who had been subject to childhood sexual abuse had almost 25 times increased risk of IPV victimization in more than 1 partnership. IPV against women is a pressing social issue, verging on an epidemic. A sample of 157 help-seeking women, recruited from family counseling offices, the police and shelters, in 8 Norwegian counties were interviewed for the study. Data were gathered between April 2005 and April 2006 using semi-structured face-to-face interview by one of the authors (SV), and a female clinical psychologist. Suggestions for future research on IPV are discussed. Tables, figure, references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Female victims; Psychological victimization effects; Victim reactions to crime; Victimology
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