Development of Partner Violence Perpetration Among Men

The majority of research on partner and dating violence, to date, has focused on the consequences of victimization among girls and women. However, there has been increasing recognition that greater attention is needed to understand what is driving the perpetration of this violence in relationships. This project involved a retrospective cohort study of men ages 18-35 (age group found to perpetrate partner violence at the highest rates) who were English-, Spanish-, or Portuguese-speaking. Men (N=1318) were recruited from 3 large community health centers located in lower-income, ethnically-diverse, urban neighborhoods in the Northeast U.S.

Quantitative surveys were completed to assess risk and protective factors for perpetration of partner violence, and to inform understanding of developmental pathways and social contexts (including individual, family, peer, and community levels) hypothesized to relate to partner violence perpetration.

* Funded by: National Center for Injury Control and Prevention/CDC

Selected Publications

Silverman JG, Decker MR, McCauley HL, Gupta J, Miller E, Raj A, Goldberg A. Male perpetration of intimate partner violence and involvement in abortions and abortion-related conflict.  American Journal of Public Health 2010; 100:1415-7.

Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Decker MR, Raj A, Silverman JG. IPV perpetration and disparities based on immigration and English speaking ability among a community-based sample of men.  Public Health Reports 2010; 125:79-87.

Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Decker MR, Raj A, Silverman JG. Pre-migration political violence exposure associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among a community-based sample of immigrant men. American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) 2009; 99:462-9.

Decker MR, Seage GR, Hemenway D, Gupta J, Raj A, Silverman JG. Intimate partner violence perpetration, standard and gendered STI/HIV risk behavior, and STI/HIV diagnosis among a clinic-based sample of men. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) 2009; 85:555-60.

Decker MR, Raj A, Gupta J, Silverman JG.  Sex purchasing and associations with HIV/STI among a community-based sample of U.S. men. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) 2008; 48:355-360.


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