Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.C.J. in Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Francis Boateng

Second Advisor

D'Andre L. Walker

Third Advisor

Linda Keena


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



The academic discipline of intimate partner violence (IPV) is currently divided into two prevailing perspectives: the feminist perspective, which asserts IPV is a product of the long history of acceptance and encouragement of wife-beating, stemming from patriarchal values; and the gender-inclusive model, that finds IPV reflects multifunctional etiologies, across the types and severities of IPV, with both men and women as perpetrators and victims at similar rates. However, a review of the extant literature does not support either of these conclusions. There is a growing body of research evidence that suggest women are more likely than men to commit IPV. The purpose of this research is to explore gender differences in IPV perpetration and victimization. Using a cross-sectional data collection approach, the study tested the following hypotheses: H1: women perpetrate IPV at a greater a rate than men; H2: men experience IPV victimization at a greater rate than women. Results from both multivariate and bivariate analyses indicate women were more likely than men to commit IPV and psychological aggression. The findings further show that both genders reported IPV victimization at relatively equal rates.



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