Subgroup differences among female dating intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetrators
Harding, Hilary G.
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Previous research suggests that male intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetrators can be differentiated into subgroups on the basis of personality characteristics, severity of violence perpetrated, and the generality of violent behaviors. Better understanding of variation among partner violent individuals may lead to more effective assessment, treatment, and prevention of violence. Women’s perpetration of IPV is vastly understudied relative to men’s perpetration, and very limited research has examined whether the dimensions that differentiate abusive men are also useful in describing abusive women. The present study used a sample of young adult women who endorsed perpetration of dating IPV. A model-based cluster analysis was carried out on scores of antisocial and borderline personality characteristics, violence severity, and violence generality to identify subgroups of female IPV perpetrators. Results suggest that female perpetrators are a heterogeneous group and may meaningfully differ on these characteristics as well as developmental experiences and proximal correlates of violence.