Help-seeking for intimate partner violence and forced sex in South Carolina

Ann L. Coker, Christina Derrick, Julia L. Lumpkin, Timothy E. Aldrich, Robert Oldendick

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Purpose: In this population-based, random-digit-dial, cross-sectional survey, we assessed the lifetime victimization of intimate partner violence (IPV) and forced or coerced sex among 556 women and men in South Carolina, and the help-seeking behaviors of victims. Results: Among women, 25.3% experienced IPV (sexual, physical, or emotional violence) compared with 13.2% of men. Although women were significantly more likely to report physical or sexual IPV (17.8%) than were men (4.9%), men (8.3%) were as likely as women (7.4%) to report perceived emotional abuse without physical or sexual IPV. One half of men and women with annual incomes <$15,000 reported IPV. Among women experiencing physical or sexual IPV, 53% sought community-based or professional services for IPV; women with higher education levels and those experiencing more severe violence were most likely to seek services. Conclusions: These data show that IPV is common and that most victims do not receive services to address this violence. (C) 2000 American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-320
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported, in part, by Grant Number R49/412752 from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Disabilities Prevention Program of the National Center for Environmental Health, and Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant CFDA 93.991.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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