ASSESSING PHYSICAL ABUSERS: BREAKING THE ABUSER’S SECRECY: FINDINGS(part 3)

Relationship between Abuser & Victim

The spouse was the victim of the current offense for 49% of the subjects and the ex-spouse was the victim in 2% of the cases (divorced at the time of the index offense). Twenty percent of the subjects had victims who were significant others/romantic partners (versus spouse or ex-spouses); 7% had victims who were other family members; 2% of the victims were acquaintances; 4% were strangers; 7% were children; and 9% of the cases involved both a child and adult family member who were the victims of the index offense.

Gender & Age of Victim

Eighty percent of the victims were female, 18 % male, and 2% had both a male and female victim. Seven percent of the identified victims were children (age 12 or younger); 2% were adolescent; 84% were adult; and 7% of the current offenses involved both a child and adult victim.

Degree of Injury

Sixteen percent of the victims were not physically injured during the current offense. Sixty percent received minor physical injuries (e.g., scratches, bruise) and 24% received moderate to severe physical injuries (e.g., significant bruising, sprains, broken bones, cuts) during the current offense.

Jealousy

Sixty percent of the subjects reported they experienced jealousy towards their victim, while 40% denied ever experiencing jealousy towards their victim. Of the 60% admitting to experiencing jealousy, 11% indicated they experienced jealousy towards a prior victim only and 11% towards both a prior and current victim; and 78% indicated they experienced jealousy towards the current victim only, not towards any prior romantic partners.

Stalking

Eleven percent of the physical abusers engaged in stalking of their victims based on information from the subject, victim, or collateral information. It should be noted however that none of the subjects admitted engaging directly or intentionally in stalking behavior.

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