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NCJ Number: 229489 Find in a Library
Title: Why I Hit Him: Women's Reasons for Intimate Partner Violence
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma  Volume:18  Issue:7  Dated:October-November 2009  Pages:672-697
Author(s): Jennifer E. Caldwell; Suzanne C. Swan; Christopher T. Allen; Tami P. Sullivan; David L. Snow
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2001-WT-BX-0502
Publisher: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined reasons and motives for intimate partner violence (IPV) among a community sample women who used IPV against male intimate partners.
Abstract: Hierarchical regression analyses revealed participants' aggression was driven by complex, multiple motives. All five motives were related to a greater frequency of perpetrating intimate partner violence (IPV). Treatment programs focusing on women's IPV perpetration should address both defensive and proactive motives. This study examined motives for IPV among a community sample of 412 women who used IPV against male partners. A "Motives and Reasons for IPV Scale" was proposed, of negative emotions, self-defense, control, jealousy, and tough guise. The study is seen as the first to investigate the relationship between women’s motives for IPV and their perpetration of physical, psychological, and sexual aggression, as well as coercive control, toward partners. Tables, figure, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Violent females
Index Term(s): Dating Violence; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Female offenders; Individual behavior; Violence; Violence causes; Violent women
Note: Special issue on Female Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence, Part II, for additional information see NCJ-229488 and NCJ-229490-494.
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