Women's perceptions of their male batterers' characteristics and level of violence

Sara Torres, Hae Ra Man

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This article describes the characteristics of male perpetrators of domestic violence and their relationship to the level of violence. The data about the male partners obtained from 151 battered women were used for this analysis. Using multiple regression, demographic variables and three behavioral indicators, including use of alcohol before a violent episode, history of arrests, and the generality of violence, were examined together for their relationship with the violence scores. With the level of violence as measured by the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) as the dependent variable, demographic variables explained 19.1% of the variability, with the behavioral indicators accounting for an additional 4.6% of the variability. Several research and clinical implications are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-679
Number of pages13
JournalIssues in mental health nursing
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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