Women and Men's Use of Coercive Control in Intimate Partner Violence

Robertson, K.,
Murachver, T.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2011
Springer Publishing Company
Violence and Victims 26(2):208-217
University of Otago, New Zealand

These authors examined the relationship between coercive control and intimate partner violence (IPV) for men and women and for targets and perpetrators. Participants (85 men, 87 women) were recruited from three samples (university students, general population, incarcerated persons) and reported on their own and their partner's behavior. IPV was measured with the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2). Coercive control was measured using modified items from the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory (PMWI). Results show that coercive control was associated with IPV, and this relationship was similar for men and women across the three samples. Coercive control was predominantly reciprocal in nature, with women and men reporting both receiving and perpetrating controlling behaviors. Overall, coercive controlling behaviors were characteristic of individuals within violent relationships, regardless of their physical abuse status. The experience of violence, rather than gender, was the best predictor of coercive control. Modified Author Abstract.

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