Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 243–247

Pregnancy as a Stimulus for Domestic Violence

  • Rebecca L. Burch
  • Gordon G. GallupJr.

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOFV.0000032634.40840.48

Cite this article as:
Burch, R.L. & Gallup, G.G. Journal of Family Violence (2004) 19: 243. doi:10.1023/B:JOFV.0000032634.40840.48


Data collected from a domestic violence prevention and treatment program were analyzed to determine the relationship between female reproductive status and violent incidents. Both the frequency and severity of male initiated violence against women were twice as high when they were pregnant. These results are discussed in the context of an evolutionary perspective on domestic violence.

domestic violence paternity spouse abuse pregnancy child abuse 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca L. Burch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gordon G. GallupJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbany
  2. 2.State University of New York atOswego

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