Correlates of Injury to Women With Partners Enrolled in Batterer Treatment Programs

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Abstract

Objectives

This study examined correlates of injury in a cohort of women who were partners of men enrolled in batterer treatment programs.

Methods

Cross-sectional data of 670 pairs of battered women and their partners were analyzed. Prevalence rates of women's self-reports of injury due to their partners' abusive behavior were computed and compared by couples' demographic and behavioral characteristics.

Results

Men's use of severe tactics of abuse was the characteristic most significantly associated with injury (odds ratio = 15.47; 95% confidence interval = 9.02, 26.55).

Conclusions

Our findings under-score the need to obtain information on the specific tactics used by couples to settle their disputes during universal screening by practitioners. (Am J Public Health. 1998;88:1705-1708)

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