Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 393–400 | Cite as

Gender Differences in the Nature of the Intimate Partner Violence and Effects of Perpetrator Arrest on Revictimization

  • Hyunkag ChoEmail author
  • Dina J. Wilke
Original Article


The majority of research on intimate partner violence (IPV) has addressed male-to-female violence, although a small but growing body of literature has developed that explores males victimized by female partners. This study used data from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1987 to 2003 to examine male victimization by comparing the nature of violence to female victimization and by exploring the effect of perpetrator arrest on preventing revictimization. The sample was comprised of 2,462 female and 298 male victims. Study variables included gender, arrest, revictimization, type of violence, injury, and use of a weapon. Results showed that men were victimized by IPV less frequently than women and received fewer injuries, although they were more likely to experience more severe violence. Police arrested female perpetrators, but generally only if injury was involved; however, arrest did not reduce male victims’ chance of revictimization.


Intimate partner violence Police Arrest Revictimization Gender differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.College of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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