Sex Roles

, Volume 52, Issue 11–12, pp 807–827 | Cite as

Understanding Gender and Intimate Partner Violence from an International Perspective



This paper reviews the international literature on intimate partner violence with a focus on gender differences in perpetration and victimization rates. A total of 35 studies from 21 countries are discussed that report prevalence or incidence rates of men’s and women’s involvement in physical and/or sexual aggression against an intimate partner. In addition, evidence on risk factors as well as consequences of intimate partner violence for men and women is presented. Conceptual and methodological differences between the studies and the lack of comparable databases within countries are discussed as limitations of the evidence, and perspectives for future research are outlined in the framework of cross-cultural psychology.


intimate partner violence gender differences cross-cultural psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Krahé
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steffen Bieneck
    • 1
  • Ingrid Möller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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