Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 214–224 | Cite as

Perceptions of Prominent Neighborhood Individuals Regarding Neighborhood Factors and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Michael YonasEmail author
  • Aletha Y. Akers
  • Jessica G. Burke
  • Judy C. Chang
  • Aletha L. Thomas
  • Patricia O’Campo


Research addressing the impact of neighborhood factors on intimate partner violence (IPV) often lacks discussion of how and why such factors impact IPV. In order to address this gap, 16 prominent neighborhood individuals (PNI) from 4 low-income urban neighborhoods were asked to share through in-depth interviews their insights and perceptions of IPV as an issue in their neighborhoods, and the relationship between social and structural neighborhood-level factors and IPV. PNIs most often associated IPV with only physical violence. Several did not feel IPV was a significant issue in their neighborhood, confirming a lack of awareness and underreporting of IPV. However, other PNIs were able to speak of the relationship between IPV and neighborhood factors, including lack of opportunities for employment, vacant housing, trash management, lack of community awareness, and social capacity to act to address IPV. Results provide unique insights regarding the mechanisms linking neighborhood factors to IPV outcomes. These results contribute to a deeper understanding of contextual influences upon IPV, the development of tailored quantitative research and to the design of local multi-level public health IPV intervention and prevention efforts.


Intimate partner violence Neighborhood factors Community perceptions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Yonas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aletha Y. Akers
    • 1
  • Jessica G. Burke
    • 1
  • Judy C. Chang
    • 1
  • Aletha L. Thomas
    • 1
  • Patricia O’Campo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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