Exploring Variations Within Situational Couple Violence and Comparisons With Coercive Controlling Violence and No Violence/No Control

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Abstract

We examined variations within situational couple violence among 23 divorcing mothers and compared them with mothers with coercive controlling violence and no violence/no control. Situational couple violence had great variability in frequency and severity of violence, fear, harassment, and protective strategies. In some cases, situational couple violence was frequent and severe and resembled coercive controlling violence in its consequences. The dynamics of fear and harassment in situational couple violence and in the divorce process in general warrant attention. Finally, mothers reported mental health symptoms that did not differ by group, which is likely due to the stresses of divorce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-224
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • divorce
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • mothers
  • situational couple violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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