Advertisement

Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 325–339 | Cite as

Risk for Revictimization of Intimate Partner Violence by Multiple Partners: a Systematic Review

  • Elisabeth Christie Ørke
  • Solveig Karin Bø Vatnar
  • Stål Bjørkly
Original Article

Abstract

Are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) by multiple partners (MP) different from victims of IPV by one partner? Are there different victim-related risk factors for IPV by MP? This systematic literature review identified seven empirical studies that related to these issues. The review findings indicated that (1) empirical research on IPV by MP appears to be scarce, with only limited recent development; (2) there were significant differences between women who had been subjected to IPV in a single relationship and women with IPV by MP; (3) IPV by MP was significantly associated with childhood domestic trauma, drug abuse, IPV characteristics, and attachment style; (4) regarding PTSD and personality disorders, the results were mixed and inconclusive; and (5) depression did not appear as a salient risk factor for IPV by MP. Interpretations must be made cautiously because of the wide diversity in measurement approaches. It is important that service personnel and researchers attend with increased awareness to women with IPV by MP.

Keywords

Intimate partner violence Domestic violence Multiple partners Revictimization Risk Vulnerability Multiple victimization 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement is due to the skilled librarian of OUS, Marie Susannah Isachsen, for valuable help in the database search.

Funding

This study was funded by the Oslo University Hospital, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Norway.

References

  1. Alexander, P. C. (2009). Childhood trauma, attachment, and abuse by multiple partners. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 1(1), 78–88.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0015254.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Google Scholar
  3. Bogat, G. A., Levendosky, A. A., Theran, S., Von Eye, A., & Davidson, W. S. (2003). Predicting the psychosocial effects of interpersonal partner violence (IPV): how much does a woman’s history of IPV matter? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(11), 1271–1291.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260503256657.
  4. Breiding, M. J., Basile, K. C., Smith, S. G., Black, M. C., & Mahendra, R. R. (2015). Intimate partner violence surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements, Version 2.0. Atlanta: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Google Scholar
  5. Cattaneo, L. B., & Goodman, L. A. (2005). Risk factors for reabuse in intimate partner violence: a cross-disciplinary critical review. Trauma Violence & Abuse, 6(2), 141–175.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838005275088.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001). Updated guidelines for evaluating public health surveillance systems: recommendations from the guidelines working group. MMWR, 50(No.RR-13):1–51.Google Scholar
  7. Coker, A. L., Davis, K. E., Arias, I., Desai, S., Sanderson, M., Brandt, H. M., & Smith, P. H. (2002). Physical and mental health effects of intimate partner violence for men and women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 23(4), 260–268.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. Cole, J., Logan, T. K., & Shannon, L. (2008). Women’s risk for revictimization by a new abusive partner: for what should we be looking? Violence and Victims, 23(3), 315–330.  https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.23.3.315.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. Coolidge, F. L., & Anderson, L. W. (2002). Personality profiles of women in multiple abusive relationships. Journal of Family Violence, 17(2), 117–131.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Coolidge, F. L., & Merwin, M. M. (1992). Reliability and validity of the Coolidge axis II inventory: a new inventory for the assessment of personality disorders. Journal of Personality Assessment, 59, 223–238.  https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327752jpa5902_1.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Costa, B. M., Kaestle, C. E., Walker, A., Curtis, A., Day, A., Toumbourou, J. W., & Miller, P. (2015). Longitudinal predictors of domestic violence perpetration and victimization: a systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 24, 261.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. dePrince, A. P. (2005). Social cognition and revictimization risk. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 6(1), 125–141.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Dillon, G., Hussain, R., Loxton, D., & Rahman, S. (2013). Mental and physical health and intimate partner violence against women: a review of the literature. International Journal of Family Medicine, 2013(2013), Article ID 31 3909.  https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/313909.
  14. Doumas, D. M., Pearson, C. L., Elgin, J. E., & McKinley, L. L. (2008). Adult attachment as a risk factor for intimate partner violence: the “mispairing” of partners’ attachment styles. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(5), 616–634.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260507313526.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. Fellmeth, G. L. T., Heffernan, C., Nurse, J., Habibula, S., & Sethi, D. (2013). Educational and skills-based interventions for preventing relationship and dating violence in adolescents and young adults. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD004534.Google Scholar
  16. Goodman, L., Dutton, M. A., Vankos, N., & Weinfurt, K. (2005). Women’s resources and use of strategies as risk and protective factors for reabuse over time. Violence against Women, 11(3), 311–336.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  17. Hines, D., & Douglas, E. M. (2009). Women’s use of intimate partner violence against men: prevalence, implications, and consequences. Journal of Aggression,Maltreatment & Trauma, 18(6), 572–586.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10926770903103099.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Iverson, K. M., Litwack, S. D., Pineles, S. L., Suvak, M. K., Vaughn, R. A., & Resick, P. A. (2013). Predictors of intimate partner violence revictimization: the relative impact of distinct PTSD symptoms, dissociation, and coping strategies. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(1), 102–110.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21781.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. Kropp, P. R., & Hart, S. D. (2015). SARA-V3. User guide for the third edition of the spousal assault risk assessment guide. Australia: ProActive ReSolutions Inc.Google Scholar
  20. Kuijpers, K. F., van der Knaap, L. M., & Lodewijks, I. A. (2011). Victims’ influence on intimate partner violence revictimization: a systematic review of prospective evidence. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 12(4), 198–219.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838011416378.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Kuijpers, K. F., van der Knaap, L. M., & Winkel, F. W. (2012a). Risk of revictimization of intimate partner violence: the role of attachment, anger and violent behavior of the victim. Journal of Family Violence, 27(1), 33–44.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-011-9399-8.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. Kuijpers, K. F., Van der Knaap, L. M., & Winkel, F. W. (2012b). Victims’ influence on intimate partner violence revictimization: an empirical test of dynamic victim-related risk factors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(9), 1716–1742.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260511430389.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  23. Moher, D., Liberati, A., Tetzlaff, J., & Altman, D. G. (2009). Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: the PRISMA statement. Annals of Internal Medicine, 151(4), 264.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. Stein, S. F., Grogan-Kaylor, A. A., Galano, M. M., Clark, H. M., & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2016). The social and individual characteristics of women associated with engagement with multiple intimate violent partners. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260516676477.
  25. Straus, M. (1995). Manual for the conflict tactics scale. Durham: Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire.Google Scholar
  26. Straus, M., Hamby, S., Boney-McCoy, S., & Sugarman, D. (1996). The revised conflict tactics scales (CTS2): development and preliminary psychometric data. Journal of Family Issues, 17(3), 283–316.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., & Leonard, K. E. (2003). Women’s substance use and experiences of intimate partner violence: a longitudinal investigation among a community sample. Addictive Behaviors, 28(9), 1649–1664.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  28. Trickett, P. K., Noll, J. G., & Putnam, F. W. (2011). The impact of sexual abuse on female development: lessons from a multigenerational, longitudinal research study. Development and Psychopathology, 23(2), 453–476.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579411000174.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  29. Vatnar, S. K. B., & Bjørkly, S. (2008). An interactional perspective of intimate partner violence: an in-depth semi-structured interview of a representative sample of help-seeking women. Journal of Family Violence, 23(4), 265–279.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-007-9150-7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Walker, L. E. (1991). Post-traumatic stress disorder in women: diagnosis and treatment of battered woman syndrome. Psychotherapy, 28(1), 21–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Witte, T. H., & Kendra, R. (2010). Risk recognition and intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(12), 2199–2216.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260509354880.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  32. World Health Organization (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. http://www.who.in.
  33. Zayas, V., & Shoda, Y. (2007). Predicting preferences for dating partners from past experiences of psychological abuse: identifying the psychological ingredients of situations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(1), 123–138.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167206293493.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Christie Ørke
    • 1
  • Solveig Karin Bø Vatnar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stål Bjørkly
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Research and Education in Forensic PsychiatryOslo University Hospital, Pb. 4959 Nydalen0424 OsloNorway
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesOsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of Health and Social SciencesMolde University CollegeMoldeNorway

Personalised recommendations