Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 25, Issue 7, pp 639–649 | Cite as

A Comparison of Victimization and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence Among Drug Abusing Heterosexual and Lesbian Women

  • Sally Stevens
  • Josephine D. Korchmaros
  • Delaina Miller
Original Article


The study describes types and rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) reported by active drug using women enrolled in a street outreach HIV prevention research study located in Tucson, Arizona. IPV data were collected on 434 women at the baseline assessment who reported being in a current intimate partner relationship. The data collected included types of violence as well as rates of victimization and perpetration of IPV. Using profile analysis, we examined similarities and differences in patterns of incidence rates of both victimization and perpetration of IPV across different IPV behaviors experienced by heterosexual and lesbian women. Results indicate substantial rates of IPV among both heterosexual and lesbian women with both similarities and differences in IPV behaviors reported. Results suggest that type of relationship and type of IPV behavior are important factors in identifying and preventing IPV, and improving interventions aimed at addressing IPV.


Intimate partner violence Sexual orientation Substance use 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sally Stevens
    • 1
  • Josephine D. Korchmaros
    • 1
  • Delaina Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Southwest Institute for Research on Women, Women’s Studies DepartmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Women’s Studies DepartmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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