Mixed method study of intimate partner violence: How sex and severity impact perpetrator prior involvement, abnormality, and responsibility

Matthew W. Savage, Jennifer A. Scarduzio, Kate Lockwood Harris, Kellie E. Carlyle

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Abstract

This study employed a mixed method approach to examine the effects of participant sex, perpetrator sex, and severity of violence on perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetrators. Quantitative participants (n = 449) completed a survey and qualitative participants (n = 31) participated in a focus group or an interview. Participants believed that it was more likely male perpetrators had prior involvement in IPV. Participants rated stories of female perpetrators as more abnormal than stories of male perpetrators. Participants in the weak severity of violence condition had lower evaluations of responsibility than the strong or fatal severity of violence conditions and only women were discerning about perpetrator sex in their ratings of responsibility. Theoretical implications extend intimate terrorism and defensive attribution theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-918
Number of pages22
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Male and female perpetrators
  • Mixed method
  • Perpetrator responsibility

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