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Partner Violence Against Heterosexual and Gay Men: Prevalence and Correlates

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 17 Issue: 1 Dated: January/February 2012 Pages: 36-52
Sabrina N. Nowinski; Erica Bowen
Date Published
February 2012
17 pages
This article examines the scientific data detailing the prevalence of intimate partner violence against heterosexual and gay men.
Female victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) have been the focus of a substantial amount of research. However, the subject of male victims of IPV remains a controversial topic, and one which has been comparatively neglected within the literature, despite some findings suggesting that men are victimized by intimate partners at an equivalent, or even higher rate than women. This paper reviews the literature on male victims of IPV, both within opposite and same-gender relationships, focusing on the prevalence and correlates of IPV, as well as exploring the relationship between IPV and ethnicity. According to the literature reviewed, the prevalence of female perpetrated IPV against heterosexual male victims ranges from 0.2 percent - 93 percent, homosexual male victimization ranges between 1.8 percent and 93.7 percent, and heterosexual female victimization ranges between 1.3 percent and 86 percent depending on the type of IPV included, whether the reference period includes the past 12 months, or lifetime experience, and the method used to assess IPV. These data indicate that victimization is as much an issue for men as it is for women. In addition, it appears that men of certain ethnicities may be more at risk than others. Finally, the empirical literature which examines the correlates of male victimization indicates that male victims in heterosexual and gay relationships share many correlates. Unfortunately however, methodological weaknesses in the available literature and a lack of research in some areas restrict the extent to which conclusions can be drawn, and findings generalized. Recommendations for future research are made. (Published Abstract)