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Rates of domestic violence against adult women by men partners.

Authors
  • Rath, G D
  • Jarratt, L G
  • Leonardson, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice / American Board of Family Practice
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
2
Issue
4
Pages
227–233
Identifiers
PMID: 2801190
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examines the rate of domestic violence against adult women by men partners. Two hundred eighteen women at two primary care clinics responded anonymously to a questionnaire. Forty-eight percent reported verbal abuse, 44 percent minor physical abuse, and 28 percent severe physical abuse. Abuse was common (16 percent) before marriage. Respondents whose partners were reported to be chemically dependent or sexually abusive were at greater risk for verbal and physical abuse. Respondents with lower socioeconomic status were at increased risk for verbal and physical abuse, as were women whose partners had less formal education. Ages of respondents and partners were not significant factors in abuse. Boyfriends not cohabitating were the least abusive, while couples together for 4 to 6 years had more domestic violence than other couples. Because spouse abuse is common and the consequences are devastating, it is important that family physicians become astute in making this diagnosis and initiate early treatment.

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