A population-based study of the prevalence and distinctiveness of battering, physical assault, and sexual assault in intimate relationships

Paige Hall Smith, Gloria E. Thornton, Robert DeVellis, Jo Anne Earp, Ann L. Coker

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Abstract

The types of violence subsumed under the term intimate partner violence include physical assault, sexual assault, psychological abuse, and battering. This study is the first to estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence by type (battering, physical assaults, and sexual assaults) in a population-based sample of women aged 18 to 45. The authors describe the prevalence of partner violence by type as well as the demographic, health behavior, and health status correlates of intimate partner violence by type. Findings support the empirical distinction of battering and assault. Battering as measured by the Women's Experiences With Battering (WEB) Scale provided the most comprehensive measure of intimate partner violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1208-1232
Number of pages25
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume8
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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