Violence between therapy-seeking veterans and their partners: Prevalence and characteristics of nonviolent, mutually violent, and one-sided violent couples

Andra L. Teten, Michelle D. Sherman, Xiaotong Han

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Abstract

Among male veterans and their female partners seeking therapy for relationship issues, three violence profiles were identified based on self-reports of physical violence: nonviolent, in which neither partner reported perpetrating physical violence (44%); one-sided violent, in which one partner reported perpetrating violence (30%); and mutually violent, in which both partners reported perpetrating physical violence (26%). Profiles were distinguished based on the veteran's psychiatric diagnosis, woman's age, and both partners' reports of the frequency and severity of violence. Men and women in mutually violent couples reported more verbal and physical aggression than did men or women in any other group. The three groups reported comparable rates of sexual aggression. Appraisals of marital satisfaction and intimacy were not different based on violence profile. No gender differences emerged in the self-reports of frequency and severity of verbal, physical, and sexual aggression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intimate partner violence
  • PTSD
  • Sexual assault
  • Veteran

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