Preliminaries

These are the survey results for the Socjourn Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) survey. This is currently an ongoing survey that measures the incidence of intimate partner violence. Because this survey is ongoing, results are interim and may change over time. Note however that the longer this survey runs, the more likely it is that results will stabilize. Also note, statistical reporting will be finalized when the survey is closed to new responses.

This survey uses a non-random, scatter methodology to elicit responses and may thus not be generalizable to the larger population. Over time, and as more and more responses are returned, generalizability may be expected to rise. However there is no way to determine the accuracy of the survey, except insofar as it may reflect similar findings in more scientifically organized surveys. Caution should be used when interpreting the results of this survey.

Results

There are currently <b>[frm-stats id=158 type=count]</b> responses in the survey.

As of the date of this writing (10/19/2015), more women than men have filled out this survey (39.5% male versus 60.6% female). This may reflect simple response bias (i.e. women are more likely to report domestic abuse than man, or women are more likely to read the Socjourn, or women are more likely to respond to survey) or it may reflect a phenomenon in the general population (i.e. men are less likely to report incidences of domestic abuse). As noted in the companion article, men are known to be less likely to report IPV.

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Victimization

The first survey question asks respondents to report whether they have ever been the victim of IPV. An interesting finding (remember cautions about generalizability) is that both men and women experience high rates of IPV.

  • Out of a current N of <b>[frm-stats id=158 type=count]</b>, only 8 (12%) of respondents report having never experienced any form of IPV. Essentially nine out of ten people report experiencing some form of IPV. Note that the survey does not include violence at the hands of parents or teachers.
  • By far the most prevalent forms of IPV reported are emotional and psychological. Physical abuse is a close second place.

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By Gender

The following to tables show the reports of IPV broken down by gender.

  • As is evident from the table, males (N = [frm-stats id=158 type=count gender=”Male”]) experience high rates of IPV. Only 7 percent of men report having never been exposed to forms of IPV. By contrast, 15% of females report never having been a victim of IPV! Caution must be used when interpreting this data, but it is suggestive. It is very clear that men do experience high rates of IPV and it is even possible to suggest that more men than women are physically abused in intimate relationships.
  • For both men and women, emotional and psychological abuse are the primary forms of IPV violence. Notably, women experience much higher levels of sexual abuse than men. Also notable, a higher percentage of men report being physically abused than women (65% for men, 55%)

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Female N = [frm-stats id=158 type=count gender=”Female”]

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Perpetration

If there is one thing that can be said about our interpersonal relationships it is that they are violent. The vast majority of people experience IPV. Although caution should be used in interpreting this number (perhaps just abused people are filling out this survey), the preliminary results are extremely provocative and speak volumes to the general quality of IPV relationships in modern society.

Reports of victimization are, for the most part, mirrored in reports of perpetration. Interestingly, while 9 in 10 people report being victims of IPV, 2 out of 3 people report never having been a perpetrator.  Women, interestingly, are more likely to claim innocence than are men. As the survey currently stands (10/21/2015), almost 40% of women report being innocent. This suggest either than fewer women women are responsible for all IPV in our society than men, or that some women simply do not recognize IPV when they are the perpetrators and are therefore failing to see themselves as perpetrators, and failing to report it on this survey. Anecdotally, I know several women from counselling sessions who are extremely violent in their relationship but do not think of themselves as such and do not report as perpetrators of IPV when asked.

N = [frm-stats id=158 type=count]

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Notably, for both men and women emotional violence is the most common IP “sin” reported. Both men and women report perpetrating roughly equal amounts of psychological damage. Most interesting, at the time of this writing, 40% of women report being perpetrators of physical violence. As much as this number may be slighly unreliable (it might be higher become some women fail to see themselves as physically violent, even when they are; or, it might be lower because of response bias), it nevertheless puts paid to the notion that women are not perpetrators of IPV. Even though we need to let this survey run a longer, I would still feel confident saying that significant numbers of women are perpetrators of physical, emotional, and psychological violence in intimate partner relationships.

N = [frm-stats id=158 type=count gender=”Male”]

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N = [frm-stats id=158 type=count gender=”Female”]

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Conclusions

Conclusions will be provided when the survey if closed. In the mean time, please distribute this survey to your family and friends.

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