Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 173–181

Examining an Extension of Johnson’s Hypothesis: Is Male Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence More Underreported than Female Violence?

Item Non-Response in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-009-9281-0

Cite this article as:
Emery, C.R. J Fam Viol (2010) 25: 173. doi:10.1007/s10896-009-9281-0


This paper examines two hypotheses about under-reporting in intimate partner violence data. The first hypothesis holds that significant amounts of under-reporting of intimate partner violence occur due to stigma. The second examines the empirical evidence behind Johnson’s (Journal of Marriage and the Family 57:238–294, 1995) contention that controversial findings of equal rates of intimate partner violence perpetration among men and women occur through a combination of heterogeneity in type of intimate partner violence and missing data. E.M. and Data Augmentation are used to correct for item non-response in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. Strong support is found for general under-reporting; weak support is found for greater under-reporting of male violence.


Intimate partner violenceDomestic violenceMissing dataMultiple imputation

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington UniversitySaint LouisUSA