Intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence is the most studied form of violence committed by women. Research has demonstrated that the prevalence rate of intimate partner violence of women is comparable to or even higher than that of men (e.g., Straus, 2008). However, violence by women in intimate relationships is less likely to lead to serious injury. Some researchers argue that violence by women towards the partner is almost always a response to previous violence by the male partner (Allen, Swan, & Raghavan, 2009). Others, however, found few differences between men and women regarding the prevalence of and motives for intimate partner violence (Carney, Buttell, & Dutton, 2007).