Violent acts and injurious consequences: An examination of competing hypotheses about intimate partner violence using agency-based data

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The current study proposed and tested a series of competing hypotheses about intimate partner violence in the 2006 National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), a dataset of criminal incidents known to the police. Three research questions were presented concerning gender differences in victim identity, victim-offender relationships, and victim injury with hypotheses derived from the feminist, family violence, and general violence perspectives. Victim-based analyses were consistent primarily with expectations of the feminist perspective, although aspects of the general violence perspective were supported as well: Women were more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate; they were more likely to experience violence from an intimate partner than from any other perpetrator; and when victimized by an intimate, women were usually more likely to be injured. These results highlight the uniqueness of violence between intimates relative to other types of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010



  • Family violence
  • Feminist perspective
  • Gender differences
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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