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Risk factors for intimate partner violence: A comparison of antisocial and family-only perpetrators
Department of Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Subtyping male perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) based ontheir generality of violence could facilitate the difficult task of matchingperpetrator subtype with efficient risk management strategies. As such, theaim of the present study was to compare antisocial and family-only maleperpetrators of interpersonal violence in terms of (a) demographic andlegal characteristics, (b) risk factors for violence, and (c) assessed risk andthe importance of specific risk factors for violence. A quantitative designwas used in this retrospective register study on data obtained from theSwedish police. Risk assessments performed with the Swedish version ofthe Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER) andpolice registers were used. A sample of 657 male alleged IPV perpetratorswere classified as antisocial (n = 341) or family-only (n = 316) based on theirgenerality of violence. The results showed that the antisocial perpetratorswere significantly younger, as well as more psychologically abusive. Antisocialperpetrators also had significantly more present risk factors for IPV, and wereassessed with a significantly higher risk for acute and severe or deadly IPV, compared with the family-only perpetrators. The subtypes also evidencedunique risk factors with a significant impact on elevated risk for acute andsevere or deadly such violence. Key findings in the present study concernedthe subtypes evidencing unique risk factors increasing the risk for acute andsevere or deadly IPV. Major implications of this study include the findings ofsuch unique “red flag” risk factors for each subtype. To prevent future IPV,it is vital for the risk assessor to be aware of these red flags when makingdecisions about risk, as well as risk management strategies.

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Sage Publications, 2016.
Keyword [en]
intimate partner violence, antisocial perpetrators, family-only perpetrators, B-SAFER, risk factors
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Psychology
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49583DOI: 10.1177/0886260516640547PubMedID: 27021731OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-49583DiVA: diva2:915292
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Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority

Available from: 2016-03-29 Created: 2016-03-29 Last updated: 2017-04-03Bibliographically approved

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