Sutton and Dawson examine how IPV differs across relationships

September 13, 2018

CSSLRV researchers Danielle Sutton and Myrna Dawson published research this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence analyzing how characteristics of intimate partner violence (IPV) vary across different relationship statuses, states, and duration. Drawing on a feminist framework and Crown Attorney files documenting incidences of IPV, this paper explored whether characteristics of IPV differed if those involved were married or dating, currently together or estranged, and their relationship duration. Aligned with previous literature, their research showed that weapon use was more common in marital, compared to dating, relationships. However, in contrast to others’ findings, weapon use and physical injury were more common among those still with their partners than those who were estranged. Relationship duration had little impact on situational variation in IPV incidents. Collectively, these findings highlight the importance of tailoring preventative measures according to unique relationship characteristics. [To access article, use this link: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0886260518795501.]