Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 619–624 | Cite as

The Time Course of Repeat Intimate Partner Violence

  • Marie Mele
Original Article


This study examines the time course of repeat victimization by assessing whether the opportunity for victim/offender contact influences the time lapse between successive incidents of intimate partner violence. Several measures of opportunity for victim/offender contact are used, including cohabitation, co-parenting, restraining order status, and victim unemployment. The study finds that some victims (i.e., those who live with the offender) are at risk of repeat victimization in a shorter period of time than other victims. However, the study yields conflicting findings about the relationship between other opportunity variables (i.e., co-parenting and victim unemployment) and the time lapse between successive incidents of intimate partner violence. Policy implications are discussed and suggestions are offered for future research on repeat intimate partner violence.


Intimate partner violence Domestic violence Repeat victimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeMonmouth UniversityWest Long BranchUSA

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