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NCJ Number: 77568 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse in the Battering Relationship
Author(s): R Thyfault
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: RO1MH30147-01/02
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The nature and frequency of sexual abuse in the battering relationship and the link between sex and violence were examined by means of interviews with 403 self-identified battered women interviewed at the Battered Women's Research Center in Denver, Colo.
Abstract: One section of a lengthy questionnaire asked about the sexual relationship of the battering couple. The same questions were also asked if the women reported that they had had a nonbattering relationship. About half of the subjects had had a nonbattering relationship. A total of 59 percent of the subjects said that they were forced to have sex, and 85 percent of the subjects said that sex with the batterer was unpleasant. More women responded to the interview's direct question than to the indirect question regarding being forced to have sex. The specific incidents related by the women seemed to support the contention that sex and violence were used to dominate them. Violent and nonviolent assaults were reported. Results indicated that marital rape frequently occurs in a battering relationship and that the batterer uses jealousy and violent acts to control the sexual relationship. For example, some women were kept prisoners in their own homes and were not even able to go to church or visit with relatives. Results indicate the need for research on the long-term effects of sexual abuse on the women and on sexual assault in nonbattering relationships. Tables are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Domestic assault; Sexual assault; Studies
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Tucson, Arizona, April 11, 1980.
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