Women's use of intimate partner violence against men: Prevalence, implications, and consequences

Denise A. Hines, Emily M. Douglas

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Abstract

Evidence showing that women use intimate partner violence (IPV) against their male partners has existed since the 1970s when IPV was first systematically examined. This article discusses the various sources of prevalence rates of IPV by women against men, the dominant theoretical explanation for IPV in general, and its implications for female perpetrators and male victims in the social service and criminal justice systems, as well as the current evidence of the consequences of women's use of IPV to the men who sustain it. Finally, we discuss directions for future research, including our own study focusing on men who sustain IPV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-586
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Female perpetrators
  • Male victims
  • Mental health

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