Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 369–376 | Cite as

University Students' Attitudes About Attributing Blame in Domestic Violence

  • Sharon Aneta BryantEmail author
  • Gale A. Spencer


This study examined university students' attitudes about attributing blame in incidents of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Blame Scale (DVBS), which measures the attribution of blame for domestic violence to situational, perpetrator, societal, and victim factors, was used. The DVBS was administered to a voluntary sample of university students. Significant gender differences were found, with male students more likely to attribute blame to the victim for domestic violence than female students. Significant differences were also found between students with and without a prior history of violence in their family of origin. Students with prior experience of violence were more likely than their counterparts to ascribe blame for domestic violence to societal factors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Decker School of NursingBinghamton UniversityBinghamton

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