Looking For A Study on Abusers and When They Show Their True Colors
July 6, 2014 9:21 AM   Subscribe

I read a study online somewhere that physically abusive men on average wait three years before escalating to physical violence. Does anyone know the study, and can you give me a link?

Two or three years ago I stumbled over a study, referenced on a U.K. web site about intimate partner violence, that found that physically abusive men tended to wait an average of three years before they actually physically abused their female partners. I'm trying to find that study, or another one that reports similar findings, even a web site that talks about it.

Best that I can recall:

* I found it on a U.K. web site somewhat similar to RAINN, in that it was written to help people seeking to exit abusive relationships.

* The study was conducted in the U.K. on a relatively small (perhaps a few hundred?) group of male abusers. No idea of the demographic make-up of the group studied.

I supposed that I should add that this is different from the "honeymoon period" in the classic Cycle of Violence. The way the web site presented the study's finding, the physical abuse happens after the abuser has managed to--for lack of a better term--separate his prey from the rest of the herd. The abuser has done things like pressure his girlfriend to spend less and less time with friends and family, used put-downs and insults to reduce her self-esteem, convinced her to work part-time or not at all in order to make her financially dependent on him, and so forth.

It was a interesting read, but one catastrophic hard drive failure later, I have no idea where I found it. If anyone knows of anything, I'd appreciate it!
posted by magstheaxe to Human Relations (2 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Not about this one in particular.. but the Women's Aid (UK) site has quite a lot of info.
posted by tanktop at 11:27 AM on July 6, 2014

In "Re-presenting Battered Women: Coercive Control and the Defense of Liberty," Stark (2012) references studies that sound similar:
"Section II outlines the alternative model of coercive control, cites evidence from the U.S. and England to document the relative prevalence of its various components and shows that the presence of ‘control’ tactics predicts a range of harms, including sexual, physical and fatal violence, far better than prior assault (Glass et al., 2004; Beck and Raghavan, 2010). The major outcome of coercive control is a hostage-like condition of entrapment that arises from the suppression of a victim’s autonomy, rights and liberties through coercive control. Assessments based on coercive control identify the victim’s vulnerability to serious injury or psychological trauma as a function her objective or structural subordination rather than of the level of physical
violence." (p. 5)

"Virtually all of the women in the Refuge UK sample reported that their partners called them names (96%), swore at them (94%), brought up things from their past to hurt them (95%), “said something to spite me” (97%), and “ordered me around” (93%). In more than 70% of these cases, this happened “often” or “all the time” (Rees et al., 2006). The insults used in coercive control target areas of gender identity from which the woman draws esteem such as cooking or child care. Insults are devastating in coercive control because the woman cannot respond without putting herself at risk. " (p. 11)

"Eighty-one percent of the Refuge UK sample reported they had been kept from leaving the house with almost half (47%) reporting this happened “often” or “all the time (Rees, et al. 2006). [...] Over 60% of the women in the US Sample and 48% in the UK Refuge sample said their partners kept them from seeing their families (Rees et al., 2006; Tolman,1989). [...] More than a third of women in the U.S. study by Tolman (l989) and Refuge UK sample (Rees et al. 2006) were prohibited from working and over half were required to “stay home with the kids.”" (p. 12)

"A large, well-designed, multi-city study showed that the level of control in an abusive relationship increased the risk of a fatality by a factor of nine. (Glass, Glass, Manganello & Campbell, 2004). Neither the frequency nor the severity of violence was predictive. In a study of over 2000 individuals referred to mediation in Arizona during divorce, the presence of coercive control was more than four times more likely than the presence of violence to explain the post-separation escalation of violence (81% vs. 20%), threats to kill (80% vs. 17%) and forced sex (76% vs. 24%) (Beck & Raghaven, 2010)." (p. 13)
posted by Little Dawn at 4:12 PM on March 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

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